Why Did I Become A Celebrant?

Training to become an independent funeral celebrant was less a decision and more a calling for me.    I have experienced my own heartache and loss and have personally organised and spoken at the funerals of some very dear family members.

It became clear to me that becoming a celebrant was something I was destined to do, so I started the process by attending an accredited course.  The rest is history.

Today I am regularly called upon to perform Funeral Celebrant Services for the loved ones of new clients and those that I have been recommended to.

I feel privileged to have been involved in supporting and guiding my clients to honour their loved ones, at this very difficult time.

“I see my role of celebrant to be as a caring guide to help you to create a ceremony that is meaningful, beautiful, and personal for your loved one.  From the day we first talk, to the day of the ceremony, we work together to bring about that unique celebration which your loved one so deserves.  No two people are the same, and therefore no two funeral ceremonies are the same.

Together we can make this a very special unique ceremony.”

“In addition to completing my civil celebrant qualifications, training gave me knowledge and experience of conducting ceremonies for people who prefer the freedom to do things their own way.”

Julie Giles, Celebrant

Hello and thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Julie Giles and I am a professional celebrant. I create and conduct beautiful celebration of life ceremonies in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire.

Celebrant ceremonies do not have the restrictions of a church, synagogue or registry office, they can take place anytime, or anywhere and be based on a religious, non-religious, interfaith, spiritual or civil basis, containing the traditions, rituals, and customs you choose.

Working closely with families, encouraging them to remember the good times with their loved ones and putting together a memorable event to celebrate their life.   I will then draft a service.    The service will be unique, individual and special.

What Will I Do?

We start in the way all good things start – by saying hello.

In person is best, but Zoom or good old-fashioned phone chat can work too.

It’s a chance for me to discover some of the precious memories and insights you have about your loved one, including all the important stuff you really want said on the day.

This usually can be covered in one meeting or call, but I’ll always be on the end of the phone if you have one of those ‘Wish I had told her that!’ moments and vice versa.  The first meeting is just the start of our conversation.

“When someone close to us dies, it is so important that we have the chance to grieve and say goodbye in the way that feels right for us. You can be assured that as your celebrant I will create a service that reflects the wishes, beliefs and personality of your loved one.”