Find an IoCF Celebrant

When you choose a funeral celebrant who is a member of the IoCF, you are choosing someone who will help you create the most beautiful ceremony possible for the person you have lost.

Why choose an IoCF celebrant? 

Each of our members:

  • understands that the funeral is your final gift to your loved one - a special day to remember and mourn;
  • will work with you to make the ceremony unique and memorable - a true reflection of how important that person is to you;
  • has achieved the highest celebrancy qualification and undergoes continuous professional development to ensure they are always working towards the standards of excellence;
  • is regularly reviewed to ensure that they are working with you and with all families professionally and compassionately.

We are confident that all of our members give you the best possible caring and professional service.  We have a rigorous complaints process if you have any concerns.  

This is what you can expect from an institute member

  • Prompt response to your enquiries.
  • Meetings at your convenience, including evenings and weekends where necessary (for your safety, all meetings for the duration of the pandemic are by phone or video call).
  • an open and understanding discussion about how the funeral ceremony should best remember your loved one.
  • Suggestions, if needed, on tributes, music, readings, ritual and symbolic actions.
  • A full draft of a ceremony, completely unique to your loved one, submitted for your approval or amendments before the funeral.
  • A printed keepsake copy after the ceremony.
  • Guidance throughout on all aspects of funeral procedures and information about the crematorium, cemetery or chapel chosen for the ceremony.

All members adhere to the Institute’s Code of Practice

*We welcome your feedback at any time.  Please use the button at the top of page to provide comments on your chosen celebrant. 


Jen Watson

I am “Jen-Wren,” an empathic Funeral Celebrant who enjoys creating personal and colourful services for bereaved families across KENT to help them share their loved one’s final life story. I am based in Birchington, Kent and come from a counselling, children and youth, and pastoral background and qualified as a Funeral Celebrant through Civil Ceremonies – setting up JW Celebrancy in 2021.

“Dear Jen,
Thank you so so much for all your help and kindness, the service was beautiful and gentle and really helped us say goodbye to a wonderful man, it couldn’t have been any better and for that we will always be grateful.
Our love and best wishes to you and your family. xxx “

“Hi Jen,
Just wanted to message to say thanks so much for everything.
Not just for today, which was perfect and even better than we’d hoped for, but for all your guidance, good humour and creative input over the past couple of weeks.
You’ve helped us navigate a difficult time and made sure my Mum had the send-off she deserved.
We’ll be forever grateful. ”

“Jen was considerate in offering condolences and asking how we were. She contacted us as agreed and was punctual on the day. She thought about including the two young children to give them a positive experience and was polite and diplomatic.
Although she did not know our mother, Jen used the given information well to provide a personal send off to Mum on our behalf.”

“One word – Empathy!

From our first meeting with Jen through to the actual day we felt 100% assured that my mother’s funeral would run smoothly with no hitches and would be uplifting and personal as she would have wished.

Jen’s overall calmness and empathy made the whole thing easier on all who attended, and was a true celebration of my mother’s life.

Thank you.”

“Thanks again, and I can’t give you a date for my funeral as yet- but I would like to request you – when it’s time!!!”

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