To morn a death, to celebrate a life and to bring comfort to the living
Hello, my name is Gemma Watson, and I have been a professional Independent Funeral Celebrant and Member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants since 2020. Having experienced the tragic loss of my dad and brother as a child, and not attending their funerals I am very aware of the negative impact this can have by not getting a proper goodbye. With a wealth of experience dealing with children pre and post bereaved I am well equipped to help you through those difficult conversations that lay ahead.
Saying goodbye your way
A good funeral helps acknowledge a death, pay tribute to a life lived, and find comfort and hope for the future to come. A funeral can be a healing and uplifting experience for all involved. Listen to words they loved, to music that reminds you of them, and feel their presence throughout the day.
When somebody dies, there is a lot to organise and the period leading up to the funeral can be emotional and overwhelming and making decisions is not always easy. I guide people in finding their way to express their final goodbyes, whatever their belief, gender identity, sexuality, age or background.
I meet you in person (or via Skype / Zoom) and take the time that is needed to get to know you and the person who has died. I write a personalised script, liaise with the funeral director and crematorium or cemetery staff to make sure that everything is in place for the funeral service. On the day, I conduct the ceremony, ensuring a calm and smooth delivery.
Planning a funeral is a vital part of the funeral process, to create a unique send-off that represents your loved ones. There are a range of details to consider, a venue and date for the service, will children be attending, music and readings for the service, funeral transport, organising a wake and more. Please contact me to discuss in more detail your requirements.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Due to the current restrictions because of Covid-19, many friends and family members can not partake in the funeral for your loved one as they would like. Holding a celebration of life at a later date or even an online memorial meet up can be a way to gain closure after the death of a loved one when travel or a gathering is not currently possible.
Gems role as a celebrant explained
You will receive a personalised script as a keepsake after the ceremony, and I will contact you a couple of days later to learn how you look back on the day.
Why Green Fuse?
Green Fuse trained Independant Celebrant are renowned for a modern and compassionate approach, working closely with families to devise personal and meaningful funerals. As an independent celebrant trained to the highest level by Green Fuse , I am able to conduct all styles of service. I respect all religions, spiritual beliefs and none. There are so many options available to you. I will guide and support you through these so that you and your family are able to say goodbye in a special way leaving precious memories.
What people say
Gem demonstrates an empathic approach to the needs of her clients and is always a thoughtful and engaged participant in all training and CPD activities and discussions at Balloons. Gem is naturally a reflective personality; she listens carefully and contributes respectfully. We are delighted to have her as part of our team and I recommend her highly to you. Gem has an excellent understanding of confidentiality and professional ethics. She knows when to use supervision to process issues and is excellent at reaching out for support.
Sara Bennett – Balloons CEO
If we are a good fit, then following our chat we can arrange to set up a meet and greet or talk over Skype or Zoom.
During our meeting / online meet up, we can discuss your needs and I can answer any questions you have.