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’.