Cees Nooteboom once called Berlin the largest waiting room in Europe. I’ve been in this very enjoyable waiting room for the past twenty years. And since I’ve started working as a funeral speaker here, it‘s quite possible that I will be staying for much longer still.
My job as a funeral speaker is to make sure that the funeral is a celebration of life, not death. That it is just as special, as brilliant, as fragile and beautiful as the person who has died. The person you love and have to say goodbye to. The person who has left this waiting room but wanted to be buried here.
So we meet, or phone and you start telling me your stories about this person. We can have one joint meeting – or talk separately by arrangement. Then I sit down and put it all together into what I hope is a speech that will carry you through that day you dread. A speech that – without making any kind of fiction of the facts – honours the person you love and what they meant and mean to you. That honours all the things you shared. Things that will continue to be a part of your life – from here to eternity.
I am a native speaker of English and German, so I can conduct the service in either language or in a mix of both.
I am a freelancer and you can hire me as a funeral speaker, regardless of which undertaker you have chosen to work with. I charge 400 EUR (plus 7% tax) for my services. This fee includes:
- Meeting/conversation with family and friends of the deceased
- Speech and funeral service
- Travel costs (within Berlin)
- Upon request – a copy of the speech (print or mail)
If the speech does involve a lot of extra effort and I need to charge more, I will discuss this with you in advance.
Please feel free to call me and ask: +49 (0)176 63 25 44 16. Or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org