D. B. Lewis Funeral Celebrancy

David Lewis is an experienced funeral celebrant having conducted many services both in London and the North East.

He has received many testimonies for his sensitivity and ability to represent bereaved families at what is a very difficult time. Most of his work is by request from funeral directors but private services can be arranged by request. 

Most of the funerals involve non-religious ceremonies but David can arrange services to the needs and wishes of the bereaved and their family, including web-casts. 


David has conducted many funerals in the East End of London, in particular for former seafarers based in and around the Thames estuary. He later moved to Scarborough where he provides a special and intimate service for local funeral directors. 


As an author of several books including ones on the issues surrounding dementia, loss and local memoir, he is well placed to deliver moving services for the relatives of loved ones recently departed. He has a sensitive and gentle style and is very responsive to the needs of funeral directors; being flexible, able to work under pressure and to work to short notice requirements. He is particularly adept at problem solving and handling challenging situations.

He says of the vocation:

‘To conduct a service in celebration of the life of a family member is both an honour and a privilege and one that never fails to move me. To help the bereaved by providing words of comfort and hope at this most difficult time is a rewarding vocation which provides a fitting memorial to the departed for the family to take with them at the end of their relative’s life.’


David has a deep understanding of the needs of bereaved families which he has developed through a career of over 30 years of community based public service. He has great empathy for the bereaved and has considerable experience of dealing with the varied demands of trauma. He was originally trained for the role within the Church of England and later by an experienced civil celebrant, Stephen Boyden of Pateley Bridge, who has conducted nearly 600 funerals over the past 10 years.


These are a few of the many testimonials for David’s work:

‘Thank you for providing such a moving and heartfelt service for the last farewell to our father; the service at sea was a fitting tribute to a lovely man and we shall always be grateful to you.’


‘Your words of comfort and the poems you read were really moving, thank you.’


‘Your words at the funeral at Hutton Buscel were so lovely: we were all deeply grateful for your attention to the detail and the eulogy you read. Thank you so much’


David works closely with well-known author Tony Granger who has produced a very useful guide for families and for funeral directors to offer to the bereaved. Details of this guide called ‘The Elysium Bereavement Guide’ appear on the rear of this pamphlet.