Gerry Gillespie

Funerals created with family to honour & celebrate a life

Hello, I'm Gerry

We often live our lives as if we are immortal, that we will live forever and don’t think about our own mortality or when we might die. Therefore when someone close to us dies it can often be a bewildering and confusing time especially if we feel unprepared. We may have some ideas of what we might like at the funeral service but sometimes we really struggle with how to start and what to include in the service.

A funeral is the opportunity for us to honour and celebrate the life of our loved one. It is a time to say our goodbyes in a meaningful and personal way, to pay tribute and express all that the family want to say. It can be a lasting memorial which can be a source of comfort and strength at such a sad and difficult time.


Create a funeral that truly reflects their life with our insight, support and creativity.

Planning a Ceremony

I make contact with you
The first thing I would like to do is to find out about you and the person who has died. This will be by phone or in person, COVID restrictions permitting. This will give me the opportunity to hear about the person who has died, what sort of person they were and what they loved to do. Music and readings can provide powerful memories and an opportunity for reflection. I can discuss how the family want to be involved and the order of service leaflet that can be produced with the help of the Funeral Director. The tribute is the most important part of the service. It is the opportunity for the family to tell the person’s story about who they were. This can be read by the member of the family or a friend or by myself as the celebrant. I could include things like:

The story of their life
Significant dates and events in their life, family, education, work, places lived.
Interests- what they loved to do, their hobbies and what they were passionate about.

Their character
What they did to make you laugh or cry, their personality and character, all that made that person special to you. Personal stories are so important and the opportunity to tell some of those.

Music and readings
Did they have favourite music? Did they have a favourite reading or a poem?

These are a list of just a few things you may be able to start to think about in creating a truly unique and personal tribute.
Call or email Gerry to ask him to help create your personal funeral.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have a joy we crave to share
When we have decisions that are difficult to make
When we have achievements that are based on theirs
We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.

At the rising of the sun and at its setting,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live
For they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

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