Joanne D Benson of Caritas Ceremonies is an independent celebrant conducting ceremonies across County Durham and surrounding areas.

About Joanne D Benson

I live in Peterlee, County Durham and will be happy to conduct ceremonies across the region. I have attended professional training with The UK College of Celebrants.

After thirty years in the NHS as a Nurse, Health Visitor and Community Health Specialist, I bring with me a wealth of experience of working within the public, private and voluntary sectors and most importantly – family. You can be assured of a professional service delivered in a supportive, sensitive and meaningful way.

I will work closely with you to ensure your ceremony reflects you, your beliefs and what is important to you.

I will support you through the process of finding the appropriate words, music and symbols that will reflect who you are and what you want to express.

I will help you structure the ceremony so it flows in a meaningful way to you.

I will do all that I can to ensure your ceremony is calm and respectful and I will coordinate the contributions of other people.

I am flexible and can help you create a ceremony which is entirely personal to you or one which has some traditional elements.


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    John and Linda

    Thank you Joanne for helping us celebrate our wedding day with our children, family and friends. It was exactly what we asked for, you listened to our vision for the ceremony and delivered it perfectly. We highly recommend you and had many comments on how lovely the ceremony was – thank you! John and Linda x

    23rd June 2020

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    Steve and Natalie

    Thank you Joanne for all you did to make our special day as perfect and flawless as possible. It was a picture perfect day, and we could not ask for more. Steve and Natalie xx

    25th June 2020

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    Joanne is an excellent celebrant and I can’t thank her enough. Joanne met with me a couple of times to help me plan a unique service . Joanne sends you the copy of the service of what she is going to say so that you have the comfort of knowing this ahead of the service and is open to last minute changes. Joanne will give you ideas and suggestions and help you plan the order of service at a very difficult time. I would highly recommend Joanne as a caring, compassionate and professional civil funeral celebrant.

    15th August 2020

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    Charlotte Bennett

    On behalf of my family, we can really not fault the wonderful service Joanne at Caritas Ceremonies provided. During very trying times due to Covid-19, Joanne was thoughtful, versatile and went above and beyond our expectations in order to have our loved one given the service and send off they deserved at Durham Crematorium. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your care of our loved one. Charlotte and Family X

    4th September 2020

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    Thankyou Joanne D Benson for the beautiful service you gave for my best friend, it was very fitting and a beautiful tribute to her x

    8th September 2020

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    Stephen and Ashleigh

    We cannot thank Joanne enough for making our wedding ceremony so uniquely perfect for us! The idea of a wedding celebrant was new to us and as we found out more, it turned out to be exactly what we wanted.

    Joanne was wonderful, organised and reassuring. She so patiently took us through the process of writing a script and though we kept some of the traditional elements, it made it so special to incorporate more about us and our unity and Joanne helped to bring this together beautifully.

    Thank you Joanne for bringing such positivity to our day and for doing all of this during COVID.

    Stephen and Ashleigh x

    14th April 2021

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    Steph Robson

    Joanne provided an excellent wedding ceremony for my bestfriend that impressed all who attended. Her personal, professional touch while adding a humorous side made for a wonderful ceremony that was just perfect for them. Thank you so much Joanne for helping to make a day full of memories, Steph x

    14th August 2021

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    Shannon and Gerard

    Hi Joanne!

    Thanks so much for orchestrating an amazing ceremony for us. Everyone said what a fantastic job you did!

    We’ll be sure to reach out to those who would be needing your services in the future.

    Take care
    Shannon and Gerard

    20th August 2021

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    Gerard Thompson

    Thank you so much Joanne, for helping to make our Wedding day so special. You really understood what we were after with the ceremony and helped set an ideal tone for the afternoon. We can’t tell you how many people came up to us afterwards to tell us how amazing you were and we got so may comments afterwards about what a beautiful ceremony it was. Everything you did in the few month lead up to our Wedding ran smoothly and we were very confident that we were in good hands. You have a beautiful presence which made us feel at ease right from the beginning up until the big day. We thank you for your wonderful and important contribution to make our Wedding day no less than perfect.

    17th September 2021

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    Dear Joanne, thankyou so much for our personal wedding ceremony. You took in every one of our ideas and made the ceremony unique to us. I loved the poem you read out and my family and friends were very emotional. I will mention you to my friends and family about the ceremonies you do. Thankyou again love from Cayla and Alan x

    23rd October 2021

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    Na Yu

    Before we met Joanne, we had no idea about the wedding process. She gave us lots of advice regarding the ceremony and listen patiently to our needs. She also recommend songs for our ceremony after knowing our requirements. she was very professional, patient and showed a great sense of responsibility which allowed our wedding ceremony to be perfect and unforgettable.
    I would recommend her to all my friends who are getting married.

    2nd March 2022

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