Funeral Service – Westerleigh Crematorium, near Bristol

We received lots of positive feedback your genuine nature, the way you spoke clearly and how you delivered Dad's eulogy with sincerity and feeling

Adrian, Bristol

Funeral Service – Canford Crematorium, Bristol

Rosalind, we got the service right, which I'm really pleased about.  I want to shout from the rooftops what a great Celebrant you are

Lissa, Kent

Memorial Service – Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

Rosalind is so very creative and had really brilliant ideas.  She is a fantastic listener, with so much experience.  I felt in very safe hands throughout

Sylvia, Bristol

Funeral Service and Burial – The Sanctuary, Bristol and South Bristol Crematorium

Rosalind is one in a million. She held the event in a powerful and reassuring way. It was simple and sophisticated.  Rosalind facilitated beautifully

Anna, London

Funeral Service – Canford Crematorium, Bristol

The greatest praise was 'Is Rosalind an old family friend?' There's no higher accolade.  Thank you for your guidance, understanding and quite frankly, love

Tony, Bristol

Memorial Service – Bristol Memorial Woodlands

There aren't enough words to describe the service.  One guest messaged saying 'One word - beautiful'!

Janet, Bristol

Memorial Service – Bristol Memorial Woodlands

We are deeply grateful for the beautiful Memorial Thanksgiving you planned and conducted so professionally, meticulously and sensitively.  We are profoundly indebted to you

Frank, Scotland

Funeral Service – Canford Crematorium, Bristol

I cannot express how moved we were with your service.  It was everything we had hoped for and more. Your warmth and compassion shone.  It felt as though you knew him

Hayley, France

Funeral Service – Westerleigh Crematorium, near Bristol

We were blessed to be placed in Rosalind's capable hands - her empathy and understanding shone through everything she did.  The service was delivered beautifully and sensitively

Helen & Peter, Bristol

Civil Funeral Celebrant in Bristol

Funerals and memorials

Following the death of a loved one, a funeral or memorial service gives family and friends a chance to pause to say goodbye.These ceremonies can help with the grieving process.  They can honour an individual’s life and give rise to celebration and thanksgiving.

Although many are familiar with a ‘traditional’ funeral service, this is not the only way to say farewell. My role is to support you to create a service that is fitting for your personal circumstances.

I work on your behalf to represent your wishes.  These may be non-religious, religious, spiritual or a mixture.  The tone can be formal or relaxed.  I will help to capture the essential qualities of your deceased relative, partner, friend, colleague.

As an independent Celebrant I am not aligned to any particular Funeral Director.  I have worked with many based in Bristol.

I encourage you to exercise your choice in finding a Celebrant with whom you feel comfortable.  We can discuss whether you feel I’m a good fit during an initial chat.  If not, I can recommend other Celebrants.

The testimonials above give you a flavour about me. For more detailed reviews, click here.

What to expect

For me, it is vital to build up a relationship with you before the service.  My preference is to meet you in person.  Depending on circumstances, virtual meetings or phone conversations may work better.  Our time together takes as long as is needed.

Committed to listening to you attentively, I am also skilled in sensitively encouraging memories and recollections about your loved one.

Together, we can discuss if you’d appreciate a formal eulogy or tribute.  We can talk through music, hymns, poems, prayers, blessings and other symbolic actions.  We can explore whether others would like to be involved or whether you’d prefer that I deliver everything on your behalf.

After we have met, I put together a first draft of the service.   Together we continue to shape the service until you are satisfied.

I will conduct the service at the venue of your choice and will do this with sensitivity, empathy and integrity.

You will receive a commemorative script as a lasting keepsake in memory of your loved one.

Your choice of service

Funeral service (at time of cremation or burial)

Most families organise these ‘traditional’ services with the support of a local Funeral Director.  They normally take place at a crematorium or burial site.  The body of the deceased is committed for cremation or burial as an integral part of the service.  A standard service lasts about 30 minutes.  For a fuller or longer service, you could choose to book a double slot.

My fee for a funeral service is £230 (£295 for a double slot or service lasting longer than 45 minutes).  This can be paid to me directly or via your Funeral Director.

Memorial service

You have a lot of freedom when organising a memorial service.  It can be formal or informal, large or small, and can take place at your choice of venue.  If you wish, it can be held outside.  Evenings and weekends are possible.  There are no restrictions on time.

There may be many reasons why you may like to organise a memorial service:

  • You may wish for a small, private cremation or burial coupled with a separate memorial service, when you can invite many more people
  • You may wish to differentiate between your early stage grieving process and a full and participative celebration of life
  • You may wish to hold a memorial service alongside the interment or scattering of your loved one’s ashes
  • You may be having a direct cremation of your loved one, with no-one present.

My fee for a memorial service (within 15 miles of East Bristol) is £325 (week days)/£375 (weekends).  

If your Ceremony venue operates as a charity or social enterprise, I will donate them 5% of this fee. Recent beneficiaries have been Doynton Village Hall, Redcatch Community Garden, Arnos Vale Cemetery, and Batheaston Village Hall.

This includes travel within the city of Bristol. Beyond Bristol I will charge for travel and will keep these costs to a minimum.

For an initial conversation. . .

If you would like to have a chat to see if I am the right Celebrant for you,  please make contact here.  

Grief Chat

As a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants, I am able to offer you access to Grief Chat, a completely free service that offers emotional support for people who have been bereaved.  If you think that you could benefit from Grief Chat, please let me know.