I'm Karen Farquhar, a Celebrant based in the North East of Scotland
Up here, we have to prepare for every eventuality weather wise by carrying a hat, scarf and gloves - next to our sun cream - as we are guaranteed to have all four seasons in one day!
Aberdeen born and bred, I am proud to be a Celebrant with the Caledonian Humanist Association.
I have always been drawn to Humanism and over the years, I came to appreciate the bespoke Humanist funeral ceremonies.
I was impressed by how personal they were, with the focus firmly on the deceased. Being able to laugh at a memory while feeling sad, during a service, just felt so right. I was often asked to say a few words at funerals and this I did gladly, bringing some small comfort to the family.
I have always been passionate about helping people and if, by being able to make their final farewell one of celebration rather than sadness, then there is, quite simply, nothing I would rather do.
I am a community minded individual and love meeting new people.
As the Chief Executive of a local charity for almost 20 years, I was honoured and privileged to work with people from all walks of life.
I have always believed that you should treat people the way you want to be treated - with respect. My career path was one of enabling under privileged children broaden their horizons in order to help create a better future for themselves.
One of the things I loved most about working for the charity was how secular it was. Regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, colour, creed or religion, everyone pulled together and worked for the common good – to make life better for the children.
I still undertake ad-hoc voluntary work and I feel that if everyone was to donate a few hours a month to helping the disadvantaged in their community, the world would be a better place.
I am a confident public speaker, with the ability to engage with the public, regardless of background.
I have delivered presentations at both local and national level and am equally at home speaking at a Black Tie Event to a crowd of 400 as I am speaking at a small event in a local pub.
As a people person, I am able to adapt to suit the occasion.
In addition to my celebrancy work, I run my own business consultancy from home, working predominately with the voluntary sector. I am also a Trustee of local Aberdeen charity SensationALL working with children and adults with multiple support needs.
In my spare time (what's that I hear you cry!) I am an avid reader and enjoy Lee Childs and Patricia Cornwell.
And dare I admit I am the proud owner of the complete works of Agatha Christie?
I love old black and white Hitchcock movies and curl up on the sofa with my black cat and partner to watch them. I have 3 gorgeous daughters and a daughter in law, 2 who are of school age and still at home.
We also have 2 tortoises Daenerys & Stevie – from that, you will gather we are fans of GoT. I love spending time with my partner, friends and family and embarrassing my children. Oh, and I'm addicted to Panda Pop on my iPhone!
What is Humanism?
Who we are and what we do
Many of us share humanist beliefs without knowing it.
Humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world's great thinkers and creative artists and gave rise to science itself. It is an ethical world view, not just an atheistic or agnostic one.
- that we can live good lives without reference to religious beliefs.
- that we should try to live happy and fulfilled lives and help others to do so.
- that there are more things that unite humanity than divide us.
However, definitions abound and there are longer and shorter versions. The fullest definition is contained in the 2002 Amsterdam Declaration of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
One of the basic principles of Humanism is to make the most of the one life we have.
In a practical sense we feel that this philosophy is best served by being there when you need us.
To this end, the CHA provides a group of Celebrants who are highly trained, regulated and insured. Each will work closely with you to create a ceremony that is warm, inclusive and above all, deeply personal to those involved.
If you'd like to join us, please click below. Lifetime membership of the Caledonian Humanist Association is free.