A funeral with people at its heart

Everyone is different

Everyone lives their own life

Everyone is worthy of respect

When the time comes ...

Everyone should have a proper funeral

Northumbria People - everybody matters here

From Wuthering Heights

I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Emily Brontë

At the end of our lives we should all be able to rely on a proper funeral, with a ceremony which recognises a unique person who has lived their own life - however long or however short - in their own way.

Hilton Dawson is our qualified funeral celebrant. He will work with you to devise and to provide a funeral ceremony which pays tribute to someone in a way which would have real meaning to them.

Ensuring that a ceremony to mark the end of someone’s life properly reflects and respects the person who has died can help bring great comfort to everyone.

The family were over the moon with your service, they said it was the best funeral service they had been to.

Northumberland Funeral Director

This is a new sort of funeral ceremony distinct from both religious and humanist traditions – although it costs much the same.

If you’d like to consider a Northumbria Funeral Ceremony please ask your funeral director to put you in touch with Hilton - or by all means contact him yourself.

'Your tribute was lovely. Just what Mam would have wanted.'

Mrs C - Ashington

Hilton Dawson,
Funeral Celebrant

Hilton Dawson, Funeral Celebrant

Hilton comes from Newbiggin by the Sea where his family have lived for centuries.

Late Fragment

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so ?
I did.
And what did you want ?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Raymond Carver

He has been married to Sue from Ashington for almost 40 years and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Hilton is a registered social worker as well as a qualified funeral celebrant with interests in writing and family history.

Hilton represented 80,000 people for 8 years as a Member of Parliament so he is used to speaking out well.

Click here for Hilton Dawson's Profile.

'It was absolutely fantastic
the way you described him.
We are over the moon about it.'

Mr M - Newbiggin by the Sea

Health and Care Professions Council

Northumbria People - everybody matters here

'You made it really special
as if it was just for us.'

Mr A - Morpeth


'That's a very difficult job
and you did it very well.'

Mr B - Blyth


'You described him perfectly
- got him just right.'

Ms C - Newcastle

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Northumbria People - testimonials

The family and I would like to thank you for conducting the funeral in such an understanding and human way. You captured our feelings and her personality and delivered it with both feeling and humour.
Mr S. - USA

Just a note to extend our familys thanks for delivering my Mam's service exactly the way we wanted and to let you know all who attended confirmed it was the best service they had ever been to.
We started off in tears. However, as the service progressed with Mam's stories,poems and final song which touched all who had been a part of Mam's life and turned into smiles and laughter which is what our family wanted a perfect celebration of her life.
Kind regards and thanks again

S family - Morpeth

I cannot fault your service and we work together very well.
Local Funeral Director

My family have all said it was a brilliant service. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the job you did
Mr W - Ashington

Many thanks for the heartfelt service given with feeling and compassion. A number of people commented on how well you presented it
Mrs S - Lynemouth

The text you pulled from our quite fragmented thoughts was excellent. More importantly the way you put it over at the ceremony was great. Very respectful, suitably understated; I think that my Dad would have been very appreciative. It was perfect for who he was
Mr B - Stakeford

Thank you for a lovely service Hilton
Ms R - Ashington

That was absolutely brilliant
Mr T - Hexham

Dad would have been delighted
Mrs S - Rothbury

The best funeral I have ever been to
Mr H - Newcastle

We are delighted that you were recommended to us
Ms P - Ashington

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