Availability for ceremonies – updated September 2020
As Covid-19 cases are sadly rising once again I still find myself in a highly vulnerable family setting which means that, in effect, I must continue to ‘shield’ whether or not this is advised by Government.
However, now that protective measures at crematoria are well established I am pleased to be able to return to a ‘new normal’ and would like to offer my services once more. For the moment I will only be available for ceremonies at Cheltenham, Gloucester and The Vale Crematorium (near Evesham). I will also still need to conduct all family meetings remotely, i.e. by telephone, email and/or Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp. I do of course appreciate that this is far from ideal at a time when face-to-face contact is so important, but I know that many of you are in the same position as me and it seems that the technology works pretty well.
Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to helping you with your very personal farewell ceremony. Do feel free to contact me for a ‘no obligation’ chat if you think I can be of assistance.
With my warmest wishes, Jill.
A bit about me!
Choosing to train as a Humanist funeral celebrant was doubtless one of the best decisions I have ever made! It certainly wasn’t a decision made in haste because, looking back, my interest in becoming a celebrant began 30 years ago when I undertook the planning of my mother’s funeral. Over the years I became increasingly involved in various relatives’ funerals; with a clutch of elderly aunties I was kept quite busy! When my father died overseas I organised and conducted two ceremonies, one for his cremation in Spain and the other a memorial for our family at home. My experiences as a celebrant to date have been life changing, and the skills and qualities I have developed since that first ceremony for Mum have been invaluable in my work with bereaved families. I now work across Gloucestershire and in neighbouring counties to help families create uplifting, dignified and meaningful ceremonies for their relatives or friends.
I have been told that my ‘style’ is personal, professional, sensitive and empathetic and that families find me approachable and accessible. My aim is to ensure you have complete confidence that the ceremony, your ceremony, will be just right and will fully reflect your own and your loved one’s needs and wishes.
As for my other interests, I am an avid badminton player and enjoy walking, gardening, cycling and reading. I also make bowls and sculptures from kiln fired glass, and have exhibited in various galleries in Cheltenham and beyond.
I look forward to hearing from you if you feel I can help with your arrangements.