Funerals – A Celebration of Life

How to find Your qualified professional funeral celebrant Leicestershire, Northants, Warwickshire, Birmingham.

jacqui tillyard funeral celebrant leicestershireFirst of all, if you are visiting my web site because you’ve been recently bereaved, may I offer my sincere condolences. This is possibly one of the most difficult times for you right now. Please be assured, as your qualified, professional funeral celebrant covering Leicestershire and the surrounding counties , I am here to help you all during this very sad and difficult time.

It’s never a good time to discuss death or dying.  It is often hard to even think about the funeral and how best to reflect the life of the person who has died.

Choosing me as your qualified professional funeral celebrant in Leicester and Leicestershire assures you of total integrity, dignity and professionally conducted services that are fitting and celebrate the life of your deceased loved one.

Your qualified, professional Funeral Celebrant serving Leicester, Leicestershire and surrounding Midlands Counties and Birmingham

celebrant leicestershire for life celebration ceremoniesAs your qualified professional funeral celebrant in Leicester and Leicestershire, my role is to help you to create the ultimate life celebration ceremony for your loved one during this especially difficult time. Together we will make the right choices for you and your loved one. Working with you and your Funeral Director I can design and deliver a fitting, personal and meaningful ceremony which captures the essence of your loved one.
As a qualifie
d professional funeral celebrant in Leicester and Leicestershire my role is to ensure you have the perfect ceremony to celebrate the life you your loved one that reflects their personality, quirks and recalls those happy memories you shared together.

Finding the Right Words

Finding the perfect words is a big part of creating the very best ceremony. We can find those perfect words. I can put them together for you. Alternatively you can write your own words of tribute.
I will listen carefully to your requirements and can help you choose music, readings or poems. You will receive my full support throughout. Together we will acknowledge th
e sadness of the day while we celebrate and give thanks to the life of your loved one.

 What makes a good funeral service?

jacqui tillyard leicestershire celebrant A good funeral service should be as unique as the life lived. Each service created is carefully crafted making it individually written for you.
Your bespoke ceremony will meet your needs and will reflect the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values – religious or non-religious – of your loved one and your family. It can be as spiritual or simple as you would like.
We will plan your ceremony with careful attention to detail and then deliver it in a meaningful way. You have complete choice of and final approval over the ceremony which will be created with you, for you.

The life celebration ceremony will be a precious gift to the person who has died allowing them to leave this world with dignity and love. 

What Clients Have Said about my ceremonies – Testimonials

Hi Jacqui.

I just wanted to say on behalf of Dad, Tony, myself and everyone a huge thank you for today. You made it perfect (again).

A very sad day but we all said later at the wake that you made us all feel differently and smile when we think of mum rather than feel sad.

You are in the perfect job for you and I’m sure you do and will ease so many people’s grief.

Thanks for not only doing your job but caring so much. Can’t thank you enough xx Rachel


“Dear Jacqui

Thank you so, so much for the really lovely service yesterday and making it so memorable for all. We couldn’t have wished for better. Also the presentation script and card given to Jan was very much appreciated. Really nice touch. All the very best to you. Kind regards. Jan & John K and family. Xx”

“Hi Jacqui , Just dropping

you a line to say a big thank you for putting together and delivering such a wonderful send off for dad.   Best wishes  Paul, Craig and Sheila x”

“Thank you so much Jacqui.




Everyone said what a lovely service you’d given and how hard you must have worked to make it as true to my cousin as possible. You made a very sad moment very uplifting and lovely.
We can’t thank you enough. Forever grateful.
Rachel and all the family and friends of S*** Xxx”

“Dear Jacqui, On behalf of my mum and brothers I would l

ike to express a big thank you for the service for my dad yesterday. It all went smooth

ly. Thank you again
Kind Regards Louise B”

“Jacqui, I just wish to thank you for conducting a wonderful tribute to my Dad.


“Hi Jacqui,  Just a quick note to say thanks for your management of B’s funeral on Tuesday. The Eulogy, in both content and delivery, was excellent.  I’ve had nothing but praise for the whole service.  I think we did her proud. Thanks again   Tony.”

Hi Jacqui,Thank you for your beautiful words and service you conducted yesterday at Mum’s funeral! It was perfect and your reading of mum’s words were lovely! Thank you!! It was all as I had visioned it to be! I was amazed and humbled by all the love that was felt in that room! We had so many wonderful comments from friends and family at how beautiful the service was!! Love Claire

“Hello Jacqui,  Thank you again for the wonderful service for our dad. So many people commented and our mum was especially pleased. We did him proud.
 Kindest regards Ian & Dawntestimonial


What you can expect from hiring me as your end of life celebration celebrant

As a Qualified professional funeral celebrant in Leicester and Leicestershire, here are some ways I can help you and your family.


jacqui tillyard

  • As Your Funeral Celebrant my services to you include:-
  • A meeting at your h  ome, or wherever you prefer. We’ll discuss what kind of ceremony would best suit the person who has passed away. I like to get a real sense of your loved one, so that we can capture their special character for the ceremony.
  • We’ll talk about their life, considering family members or friends who would like to participate. If you would like, we can include children in your ceremony, as they often provide the most colourful, and vivid memories which can make the ceremont really special. My aim is to provide you with a heartfelt, uplifting tribute to reflect the core essence of your loved one.
  • We look at including any special music to be played on entering, during and at the end of the ceremony
  • Choosing any favourite poems or readings
  •  Including any ceremony participation from family members

We can also add in:

  • Any optional spiritual or religious content e.g. The Lord’s Prayer or a favourite hymn if you want to include that.
  • Your favourite memories or interesting stories, along with your loved one’s life story
  • Preparing the Ceremony content including writing the tribute for you. If required help can be given to family and friends so they can share their special memories and tributes too.
  • Your Funeral Arranger/Director and I will work closely together, with members of staff at the crematorium or burial ground. Your ceremony will be delivered with your personal wishes in mind.
  • On the day of the ceremony, I will be there with you, to support, help and conduct the ceremony.
  • After the completion of the service you receive your copy of the ceremony script.


Memorials and Ashes Internment~

jacqui tillyard independent civil celebrantI also offer personalised ceremonies for ashes internment or memorial services so that you can create the right occassion to say a final farewell to your loved one.

These can be a brief version of your funeral service or a completely new ceremony to remember the loved one that has died.If you are arranging this for yourself, please contact me to discuss your specific requirements. You can also enquire via your chosen funeral director and request me by name.

Living Wishes – Capturing your funeral wishes your way!

plan your funeral ahead, get your wishes honoured

Have you ever been to a family or friends funeral and felt sad because their ceremony didn’t do them justice?
Hiring a celebrant can easily overcome that problem. If you express your wishes now, you can ensure your life will be celebrated properly at your funeral.  A funeral acknowledges death. It gives friends and relatives an opportunity to express love and respect for someone who was an important part of their lives. Most of all, when we work together now to plan your personal ceremony, it may be the greatest gift you can give to your family at a time when they need it the most.

Your Celebration of Your Life – Carrying out your wishes for a fitting tribute 

It may never seem to be a good time to talk about death or dying. If you have a life threatening illness and know time is short, you may want to plan your ceremony now.  A funeral is a traumatic event for any family. Now you can ease their emotional burden by planning your own funeral service in advance. Planning your funeral now allows your family the freedom to celebrate your life instead of having the future burden of the ceremony planning. Together lets capture your individual funeral wishes.

How I can help you now

As a Celebrant, I can help you make plans for your own unique funeral service. You can totally  personalise the funeral ceremony. It will celebrate and represent your life in the way that you would like it. Its so important to reflect your preferences, you will be able to select your memorable music and meaningful readings and also share your precious memories. This will be your very own personal tribute and order of service. You can include specific details about where you would like your service conducted.

You can have your family present when we meet so they also know your wishes.

Should you now wish to discuss your funeral wishes in more detail because you feel it is right for you to plan your funeral service, please contact me for more details.

Where I work

My services are available to clients across the Leicestershire and wider surrounding Midlands counties.  I am based very close to South Leicestershire (Countesthorpe), Great Glen, Kettering and Gilroes Crematoriums and not far from The Willows Natural burial ground too, if you are looking for a local celebrant to Leicestershire, Northants, Warkwickshire.

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