Last Wishes Day Workshop

Workshops 2024

Place: Billingshurst – full address giving in joining instructions

Dates are flexible, should you be interested in attending a workshop, please drop me an email:

Cost: £55.00

What to expect on the day:

Morning coffee & biscuits

A light lunch, should you have any dietary requirements or preferences please notify me

Tea and cake

  •  The programme is split into three sections:
  • Section one covers legal matters – to give to your next-of-kin or solicitor.
  • Section two covers your funeral wishes to give to your funeral director.
  • Section three covers your service/ceremony to give to your minister or celebrant.


  • The day includes a Power Point presentation, which covers all aspects of planning for your final journey. What to say ‘yes’ to and when to say ‘no’.
  • You leave with a 50 page folder containing your final wishes in readiness for when the time comes.
  • Copies of Jean’s two books, ‘Finishing touches’ and ‘Ashes and Memorials’ are included.
  • You also receive a pencil with eraser so that you can up-date your decisions as life progresses.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited, max 4 people

Contact Jean for booking and further information:

01403 451103 – 07906 963308

Proceeds from Last Wishes workshops are donated to environmental work carried out by (Charity number 1189569). Workshops have a strong focus on environmental matters and the impact our final choices have on the Planet.

More about Jean’s Last Wishes Day Workshops:

Are you aware?

  • A funeral does not have to cost a fortune.

  • A funeral service does not have to take in a crematorium or place of worship.

  • Your final choices can have a huge impact on the environment.

  • It is possible to be buried on private land or in your garden.

Jean Francis Last Wishes WorkshopKnowing that your final wishes are in place frees you up to enjoy life to the full.
Taking this thoughtful action will also ease the way for those left behind.

In this workshop Jean guides you through the many options available and answers any questions that may arise while planning your final farewell.

Discuss your choices; create a theme, being especially conscious of cost, practicalities and environmental issues.

Decide on a venue for the service/ceremony; choose music, poetry, readings and what to take with you. These are the memories that will linger on in the hearts of those left behind.

Finalise the contents of the ceremony/service; do you wish to have a gathering afterwards? How would you like to be remembered?

You will leave with a personalised folder containing your Last Wishes; lists and useful information for the convenience of your next of kin, for when the time comes.

“Having planned my funeral I feel a burden has been lifted, freeing me to live my final years to the full.” Mary, in her 50s”



  • Offers you the opportunity to tidy up your affairs and deal with any unfinished business

  • Gives time to investigate any fear you may have around death and the unknown

  • Take personal responsibility for your actions in death as in life

  • Brings peace of mind and removes what can be a burden to family and friends at a difficult time

  • Avoids loved ones having to make decisions while under emotional stress

“I used to dread the idea of dying but having thought about and planned my own funeral I feel far more at ease with the inevitable.” Martin, in his 60s


Jean Francis’ training as a OneSpirit Interfaith minister/celebrant enables her to respect people of all faiths or none, holding the view that there are many paths to one truth. She has worked as a party and wedding planner and more latterly as a funeral arranger. Using these skills, she plans and carries out sacred, creative and loving ceremonies that celebrate the many milestones of life, especially the final one.

Jean lives in West Sussex and specialises in helping people pre-plan their funerals. She also creates and officiates at any ceremonies
throughout the circle of life, including funerals at a time of need

Jean is the author of four books and winner of a major national award: ‘The Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death’ for her work on pre-need funeral planning, awarded at the Good Funerals Award ceremony in Bournemouth 2013.

“…Jean leaves no stone un-turned, no aspect unexplored – and I had no idea it would be such fun.  Under her sensitive guidance and with her extensive knowledge of “what’s possible”…
Thank you, Jean, for your inspired, humorous and down-to-earth approach to a subject that is so often considered taboo” Tricia, in her 60’s

Contact Jean to book your place on a Last Wishes Workshop:

Tel: 01403 451103 / 07906 963308

Copyright: Jean Francis, Circle of Life Celebrations.