Sharon Wainscott

ABOUT ME

My name is Sharon and I live in Carlisle, Cumbria. I am originally from Blackpool but moved to Ambleside in the Lake District to attend teacher training college in 1997. I stayed there for 5 years until I moved for my job to a small village called Great Urswick just outside of Ulverston. From there I moved to Kendal, again for my job before settling in Carlisle in 2006. I absolutely love Cumbria. It was also in 2006 that I left teaching due to ill health.

The next 11 years were spent studying. I completed a diploma in child development with the Open University, my Masters in Autism (part time over 3 years) with Northumberland University and I completed 4 years of a doctorate in education again with Northumberland University.

In 2017 I moved in with my partner and 2 dogs Sadie and Woody. We lost Woody rather suddenly in 2018. After a few months filled with grief Oscar came into our lives. He helped us heal tremendously and is the most gorgeous dog you could ever wish to meet. In October 2020 we added Connie to our family. She’s a firecracker with a lot of sass but is a worrier. Our fur babies are our world and we treat them as if they were our kids!

A beautiful rainbow over Cumbria, my home. Taken by my good friend Jill Reidy.

WHY I BECAME A CELEBRANT

In 2018 my dad died quite suddenly. Our fantastic funeral director put us in touch with a celebrant named Jean after learning our wishes. I remember opening my mum's front door to Jean, her walking in immediately giving me a hug and proceeded to give my mum, twin sister and partner a big hug before sitting down with her note pad. For the next couple of hours, we talked non-stop about my dad. We learned stories about my mum and dad we had never heard before. We laughed and cried and it was very cathartic. A few days later Jean got in touch and sent us the script for dad's funeral. It was perfect. It captured him and his character fabulously. She delivered it beautifully and many people commented how good she was after the service. It sparked in me an interest. I thought what a privileged position Jean had: what a fantastic job it must be!

In October 2020, my mum died and Jean came back in to our lives. Things were a little more difficult to organize because of Covid but Jean did another fantastic job of understanding and just ‘getting’ my mum. My interest in becoming a celebrant was reignited. I began to look further into it with a great passion. I learned what celebrants do; not just funerals but memorials, weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and naming ceremonies. I researched education providers and learned that I could do a diploma in funeral celebrancy and couples and naming with Civil Ceremonies Ltd. The training was intense but I trained with the best and enjoyed it immensely. It was very tough going; really intense but through the experience I made lifelong friends and have a deep understanding and knowledge for what makes a great celebrant.

Working with you to create a unique and beautiful ceremony would be an honour and a privilege which gives me great satisfaction. I work very hard at my job and I love it immensely.

If you would like to talk about any kind of ceremony that I offer, please do get in touch.

MY PROMISES TO YOU

I promise to treat you, whatever your beliefs or background, with integrity, respect, dignity and courtesy whilst observing high standards of professionalism.

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I will recognise the social, cultural and religious differences across society and be inclusive in my work.

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I promise to listen carefully and be empathetic and non-judgemental.

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I will seek to establish the greatest working relationship and rapport with you, your families and friends. I will build trust and treat you and all of those I work with courtesy and respect.

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I will give all parties involved as much information and guidance I can to enable you to choose or compose a ceremony that will meet your needs and expectations.

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All of my ceremonies will be conducted to the highest possible standards and appropriateness and will attempt in every single way to reflect your needs, wishes and dreams.

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I promise my ceremonies will always be delivered from a full written script which will include any contributions from others. I will show you a full copy of the text before the ceremony and this can go back and forth as many times as needed until you are happy with it.

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I will be punctual when meeting, calling or messaging you.

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I will respect the confidentiality of all information received in the course of our work together.

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My last promise to you is that I will try my very best to make your ceremony one to remember.