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, Northants, Warwickshire 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

Jacqui Tillyard Independent Celebrant
Jacqui Tillyard Independent Celebrant

As 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 thank you so much for yesterday and the way you conducted the ceremony. It felt for me that you captured my dad so well and it felt upbeat despite the sadness of the day. So many people said the same thing to me afterwards. Im sorry as I had a bit of a last minute panic about my words and changed it around slightly as I was worried I hadn’t covered a couple of things properly and I forgot to tell you. The last few days building up to the funeral were really hard for me but when it came to the day I did manage to get through it ok, it was a lovely group of people who were there to celebrate dads life with us and from different times. Thank you again for doing it all so well, it made a hard day a brighter one
Kind regards Jane P”

“Thanks Jacqui Tillyard for the service you delivered for my Dad’s funeral on Friday. Lovely words which softened the goodbye. ♥️” Joanne

“Hi Jacqui

We want to extend our sincere thanks for the lovely service you delivered for Graham’s farewell yesterday. Everyone commented on this at the Wake. Also thank you for the poignant words expressed in your card to us. Thank you for wearing ‘Chelsea blue’, it made it more personal!

Our kindest regards, and thank you again. Angela and Bob”

“We’d like to extend our thanks for everything yesterday at Mum’s service. It was exactly what we wanted and very respectful,  beautiful and moving. We’d be very happy to recommend your services too if ever the need arises that someone wants a personal recommendation. Thanks again. Gill xHi 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.



  • As Your Funeral Celebrant my services to you include:-
  • A meeting at your home, 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
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    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.

Why Hire Me?

Every family deserves excellent care, heartfelt ears to hear their stories and a ceremony that supports them and properly represents their loved one.
Every deceased person deserves a dignified, fitting and honourable ceremony.
Each funeral director I work with gets a smart, professional, focused and dependable Celebrant with a great reputation with local families.
I aim to provide all of this to you

I will craft personalised ceremonies for each individual family. No two ceremonies are ever the same. Each ceremony is written from scratch.

I visit you, call you and write the ceremony to meet and carry out your wishes

I will create any of the following according to the you (the family’s) wishes:

  • Part Religious
  • Non Religious
  • Spiritual
  • Natural Based
  • Creative Committal Words crafted around the person’s life

It’s not about me, it’s about you!

I will always ask what dress code/colour you wish me to respect on the day

Each family is sent a full script to check prior to the ceremony

After the ceremony, I will give each client a Presentation Folder which contains

  • Presentation script of the ceremony
  • Condolence card with a personal message
  • My business card for future contact

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. I also conduct and cover ceremonies at Gilroes, Heart of England, Rainsbrook (Rugby) Canley (Coventry) Crematoriums and I’m not far from The Willows Natural burial ground too. If you are looking for a local celebrant to Leicestershire, Northants, Warkwickshire, I can usually help you.
If you are a family member and specifically want me to represent you as your celebrant please request me by name at your local funeral directors, they can then liaise with me to book my time so I can carry out the ceremony for you. I work with a wide range of local Coop Funeral Directors along with local independant funeral directors across Leics, Northants and Warks.