About Gill Purnell

Hello and welcome to my website, my name is Gill Purnell.

I am an accredited Funeral Celebrant with Humanists UK (formally British Humanist Association). I am qualified to conduct funeral ceremonies (including burials), memorial services and ashes interment. I am also able to provide ceremony scripts for pre planned funerals.

The areas that I cover are Littlehampton, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Brighton and the surrounding areas.

My aim is always to create and conduct beautiful, personal, non-religious funerals according to the wishes of the deceased and their family and friends.

I have had the privilege of being a Social Worker for the past 20 years, working mainly in palliative care, hospice and hospital settings. Whilst working with the dying and bereaved, I have witnessed the pressure that can befall on individuals and families in arranging the funeral of a loved one.

I am able to offer a calm, reassuring, helping hand to enable a uniquely planned celebration and farewell to your loved one. My approach is always professional and personal. You may have an idea of the kind of ceremony that you would like, but if you prefer some support in putting your thoughts into words or maybe some suggestions for example, pieces of music, readings, poetry or an unusual touch, I am happy to advise.

Please feel free to email or telephone me and I will be happy to arrange a visit to your home or meet in whatever setting you feel comfortable with.


What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

– Helen Keller