"A big thank you to Rosalind for the way she ran the ceremony. Everyone agreed how relaxed and at ease she made us feel."

Martin, South Wales

2019-02-07T13:36:02+00:00
"A big thank you to Rosalind for the way she ran the ceremony. Everyone agreed how relaxed and at ease she made us feel." Martin, South Wales
"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

2019-02-07T13:43:17+00:00
"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
"Mum said it was the nicest funeral she had ever been too.  We all felt it accurately reflected his life and that he would have appreciated it."

Deborah, Bristol

2019-05-06T12:44:42+01:00
"Mum said it was the nicest funeral she had ever been too.  We all felt it accurately reflected his life and that he would have appreciated it." Deborah, 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

2019-05-06T12:50:29+01:00
"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
"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 and Peter, Bristol

2019-07-25T15:25:32+01:00
"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 and Peter, Bristol
"We received lots of feedback about how good you were; your genuine nature, the way you spoke clearly and how you delivered Dad's eulogy with sincerity and feeling."

Adrian, Bristol

2019-10-17T11:58:40+01:00
"We received lots of feedback about how good you were; your genuine nature, the way you spoke clearly and how you delivered Dad's eulogy with sincerity and feeling." Adrian, Bristol
"I have had so much feedback about how perfect the service was and that it was really well pitched.  Thank you as always."

Ella, MW Funeral Directors, Bristol

2019-10-22T12:57:12+01:00
"I have had so much feedback about how perfect the service was and that it was really well pitched.  Thank you as always." Ella, MW Funeral Directors, Bristol
"Rosalind, thank you for the fantastic job you did for my granddad's funeral.  He definitely picked the right person.  Keep up the good work!"

Lisa, Bristol

2019-11-09T11:23:20+00:00
"Rosalind, thank you for the fantastic job you did for my granddad's funeral.  He definitely picked the right person.  Keep up the good work!" Lisa, Bristol

Civil Funeral Celebrant in Bristol

A funeral can be an important way to say goodbye to a loved one.  It provides an opportunity for closure and a time to honour their life and celebrate what they have meant to those around them.

A heartfelt thank you. . .

. . . to all those families who nominated me for the National Celebrant Award for the Most Promising Funeral Celebrant 2019.  This Award is for Celebrants who are starting out and are relatively new to the profession. I am very touched  and deeply grateful that so many of you felt moved to nominate me for this Award.

How I can help

Organising a funeral at a time of bereavement and loss can be demanding and difficult.  As a Civil Funeral Celebrant my role is to work on your behalf and to support you during the process of planning the funeral service. I will work closely with you to create and conduct a funeral service that represents your wishes, values and beliefs.  I will help to capture and do justice to the essential qualities of your deceased relative, partner or friend.

The funeral service

A funeral service normally includes a tribute or eulogy, and you can choose whether to include music, poems and readings or symbolic actions.  These can be non-religious, religious, spiritual or a mixture.  Prayers and hymns can also be a part of the funeral. You can choose to involve family and friends during the ceremony or, according to what feels most comfortable for you, I can deliver the whole funeral on your behalf. I work closely with your Funeral Director to ensure that the service runs as smoothly as possible.

Meeting with you

Once appointed as Celebrant I arrange a suitable time to meet with you.  Most people prefer this meeting to take place within the comfort and privacy of their own home. We can discuss your wishes and I can suggest poems and readings, as well as offering guidance on other aspects of the funeral.  We will have ample time to think about the tribute/eulogy.  This is a special opportunity for you to share your memories, recollections and stories about your loved one. I will aim to create a tribute/eulogy that is sensitive, rounded and representative.  I am committed to listening to you attentively, with warmth and empathy.

Putting the tribute and service together

After we have met, I will put together a first draft of the tribute/eulogy and funeral ceremony. I will check that it is what you had hoped for as well as being factually accurate.  Together we can continue to shape the ceremony until you are satisfied.

The funeral

I will be present to conduct the funeral at the crematorium, cemetery or burial site that you have chosen and will do this with sensitivity, care and integrity.

Costs

If you would like me to represent you and your family then please advise your Funeral Director who can then appoint me on your behalf and advise you about fees. I conduct funerals in or very close to Bristol.

Memorials, interments and scattering of ashes

If you are interested in holding a memorial service or wish to inter or scatter the ashes of your deceased loved one,  please make contact here.  We can  discuss if I am the right celebrant for you.

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.