About Me | Funeral Celebrant in Somerset, Dorset & Devon
I'm Derren, a funeral celebrant, which is a real honour & privilege. I believe in celebrating the life of your loved ones with my bespoke ceremonies.
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About Me

An Introduction

Hi, I’m Derren,  a highly experienced Funeral Celebrant from Ilminster, Somerset, where I live with my husband Phil, our four dogs and six cats……yes, I’m a bit mad on animals!

Living in this part of the world is amazing. My husband and I really enjoy walking our dogs  in the beautiful Somerset countryside.  We’ve also recently purchased a VW T2 Campervan, she’s bright orange and named ‘Matilda’.

Our plan is to spend any free time we have venturing out in her and getting to see more of this beautiful country.

More recently,  I decided to learn how to play the piano.  It’s something that I have always wanted to do and 55 is not too old right?  Of course not!  Learning new things really lifts my soul and music in particular is a great mood enhancer.

Why I became a Celebrant

Wanting to become a Funeral Celebrant was a choice I made after the death of my father in 2012.  Now he was a real character! Being non-religious, there was no way he would have wanted a member of the clergy to conduct his funeral. He always believed that God would strike him down if he even set foot in a church! So we found a ‘Celebrant’ to conduct his ceremony.

The ceremony was both moving and personal and really captured the essence of my Dad.  We came away feeling uplifted and contented that we had ‘done our Dad proud’.

A picture of Derren Gallo, a Funeral Celebrant covering Somerset, Dorset & North Devon specialising in bespoke funeral ceremonies

Mentioning to my husband that I would love to be a Celebrant, he encouraged me to do research of my local area to ensure their was a need. In doing so, I discovered The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.  I enrolled on their comprehensive training course and I have been a Civil Funeral Celebrant since!

Logo for Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, who Funeral Celebrant, Derren Gello, of Blossom Ceremonies based in Somerset is a proud member of.

I officiate ceremonies in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and North Devon and as Blossom Ceremonies, I absolutely love my role as a Funeral Celebrant. My clients have taught me so much over the years and I have made many friends, heard so many wonderful life stories and many sad stories too.

To be a Funeral Celebrant is a real honour and privilege and it is also one that brings great satisfaction, especially when families want to become involved too, making the ceremony just that little bit more ‘personal’.

The passion behind the role

One of my biggest passions is making each funeral ceremony bespoke and as personal as possible which means capturing those special things that made your loved one unique. They may have been an avid football fan or followed a particular team, in which case I will endeavour to wear their football team scarf and maybe even write a personal poem about their team.  Some people are very proud of their heritage;  Scottish roots for example therefore it may be appropriate to have a Lone Piper, Scottish Poetry etc.  Your loved one may have enjoyed a particular genre of music, Jazz maybe?  Well why not forego the ‘traditional’ hymns and have a jazz band instead?

There really is no limit to how imaginative we can become when creating your ceremony.

Let me create a celebration of life for your loved one.