Funerals and farewells
At the end of a loved one's life, it is a time to grieve
but it can also be a time to celebrate a lifetime.
Being a funeral celebrant is both a great privilege,
and an even greater responsibility,
to be involved with families and friends in one of life's
most profound and significant occasions.
A funeral is as much about life as it is about death.
I am an empathetic, professional celebrant
who will gently support and guide you and your family
through the farewell process to facilitate a meaningful
ceremony with dignity and grace for your loved one. I have
been thanked by families for providing kind and sensitive
support, as well as offering compassion and practical advice at a difficult time.
At a time of heightened emotion and stress, knowing that the funeral
is properly planned and is in caring and competent hands, brings relief.
My role as a celebrant includes working alongside families, writing and
delivering a personalised service for funerals, cremations, memorials, committals,
burials or scattering of ashes - all in a respectful manner. If required, I can provide resources for music, readings, prayers, blessings. People define their spirituality in different ways and I work on preparing a script that reflects an individual’s lifestyle and personality.
I welcome your inquiry to work alongside you and ensure your decisions feel right for you, your family and the deceased.
"Our family found the advice that Jill gave whilst organising my mother-in-law's funeral service to be very valuable. Her guidance as to how the service might proceed was much appreciated especially during what is a stressful and emotional time for those involved. The service, conducted by Jill, was intimate, brief and sincere just as the deceased wanted and family instructed. Jill was very professional, compassionate and was in touch with the mood of the gathering as the service progressed and directed things along accordingly. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jill to anyone wishing to have a compassionate and caring celebrant."
"You did an amazing job and I would recommend you to anyone needing a celebrant."
"Thank you very much for your help in creating a lovely service for Mum."
"I appreciate you speaking so clearly and respectfully with great support and comfort for us all as a family."
"You were just the person for us and it was so reassuring knowing you were there both as a friend and in your very special role."
"Your empathy in noting our parents strong partnership and family ties was very much appreciated."
"What a beautiful service, thank you very much."
"‘We were thrilled with Dad's farewell service & many friends commented on it. We appreciated the calm & caring way you guided us through the process - nothing was too much trouble. We couldn't have done it without you!"