I conduct funeral and memorial services. As a Celebrant I can help create a meaningful, memorable and fitting end of life tribute. Every ceremony is individually tailored and will honour and celebrate the life of the deceased person in a dignified and appropriate way by focusing on everything that made that person special and unique.
I became Civil Celebrant about 4 years ago having spent the previous 17 years working for a national cancer charity. I am often asked how I can do the job of a Civil Celebrant as many people find death a difficult subject. Being a Celebrant gives me the opportunity to help people though a challenging time in their lives.
Funerals are as much for the departed as for those who remain; so surrounding yourself with professionals who can help you though this experience can be fundamental to creating a meaningful tribute. The Funeral Director will facilitate all the practical arrangements where as I will prepare the ceremony to include poignant words, favourite music, poetry and personal tributes either led or supported by me. Some funerals I have conducted could be termed as different. People have chosen a natural burial site, a dove release as part of the ceremony or a performance by musicians.
I am honoured and privileged to work with families and friends during their time of loss and will meet the needs of your family and provide a ceremony that reflects the personality and beliefs of the one that has passed. I strive to create a ceremony that helps you acknowledge what you, as the bereaved, require in your goodbyes; as well as honouring and celebrating life.
As a family we thank you for putting together a wonderful tribute for John. It was like you knew him and so professional. I am glad we chose you and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you and your services.
I’d just like to thank you very much for the send-off you gave my mum. You created just the right mood and portrayed her character perfectly.
Many thanks for your help and advice on the service for Dad. What you’ve written is lovely and I don’t think I want to add anything.
It was lovely to meet you and thank you for your evident compassion for my family at this very difficult time.
The service you prepared was lovely the words are so heart warming thank you.
My sister and I were very touched and both agree you have put the words beautifully together. We both had a cry and thought it was as if you knew my mum. Thank you very much.
Thank you for sending me a copy of Pop’s Funeral Service, which we will cherish.
I have re-read the service this morning and, although tears were pouring down my face, it was perfect for the occasion. Thank you once again for your kindness and patience.
Sincere thanks for your helpful and timely response, Gillian – it’s very much appreciated. I’m sure that my brother in Australia will be very pleased to read the service.
Hi Gillian, Thank you for the lovely service for my mother. Regards Margaret
Thank you for the service it was really nice and you did us proud.
It was lovely and you spoke the words with such meaning. Thank you once again
Thank you for the service for mum. It was lovely, just what she would have wanted.
Just to say a heartfelt thank you for the way you conducted mum’s service today. I feel you really captured the essence of her as a person, and the life she lived. I think today was a truly fitting tribute to her.
Just perfect, thank you
Many thanks for taking the time to meet us today and for providing support and guidance in our time of need. Thanks once again for all your help and kindness.
Thank you very much for officiating at Peggy’s funeral, we very much appreciated the form of the service and especially the kindly and thoughtful way you handled everything. It is what we wanted and exactly what Peggy would have wanted.
Gillian, many thanks for the most moving tribute
Thank you so much for your excellent service today. It all went so well.
Mum and the family just wanted to convey our thanks to you for conducting the funeral service – it was such a lovely service and definitely a celebration of Richards/Dads life. Mum was very pleased and all who were there echoed our thoughts!
So once again very many thanks to you for an excellent job and for all your support and assistance
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the service you gave us for David’s funeral. I have had many people say how good it was and so thank you again.
Thank you for being so kind to my Mum; she really appreciated your kind approach to planning my Grandpa’s service.
Contact Gillian Bond:
T: 01249 892112
M: 07723 609690
Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire