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David Gouldson - Funeral Celebrant Leading the Fathers Day Memorial Service for the Spring

I consider it the highest honour to officiate and deliver a Celebration of Life service for a loved one who has passed away.

It's a task I never take lightly. It involves a variety of roles, including listener, creative writer, biographer,  counsellor and entertainer. It can sometimes be a difficult job, but ultimately, it's a privilege to be part of a ritual that assists families and friends to say a proper goodbye to a recently lost loved one.

My personal ceremonies focus on celebrating the life of the person who has died, rather than focussing on the circumstances of their death. I primarily recognise and pay tribute to the departed to reflect the many facets, interests, achievements, and happy times that made up the life that has been lived.

I write each ceremony from scratch as your loved one deserves a bespoke and unique send-off.​


I strive to deliver a sincere, respectful and meaningful service. Just because the service is sincere, doesn't mean it has to be sombre either. Many people lived lives full of fun and lightheartedness​ and I can reflect this attitude in the service.

Upon being engaged to officiate the ceremony, I will arrange to meet with the family of the deceased and record details of the deceased's life to depict the true character of the person.


We'll put together an order of service and talk about favourite music suggestions that might be played during the opening, photo tribute and final farewell. I'll then go home and begin to write the service. I'll send the family a draft to check all the facts are correct.

I'll make myself available via phone, email, at any time you may need.

There is nothing easy about losing a loved one no matter the circumstance. Your heart is broken and your soul weeps for the loss BUT knowing that there are people that will handle the whole process of celebrating a life with the utmost professionalism, sensitivity, and respect is absolutely priceless.


Hi David,
"I cannot thank you enough, you were amazing, kind, good looking and did an excellent farewell for my dad !
I am so happy that we had you assisting us at this emotional time, and I wish you all the best in your varied future endeavours. You gave our family a very special farewell to Max, which we will always
remember,  encompassing his quirky sense of humour, he would have loved to have been present.
Thank you very much for being there for us.
Am very happy to recommend you any time for your amazing service (and voice) 

Robyn C.

Amy T.

Hi David,
"Just wanted to thank you so very much for your work on Monday. We really appreciate your time and effort over the service. Dad would have been honoured."

 Special thanks to David, the celebrant who did an amazing job giving the perfect picture of who my mum was. I would highly recommend.

Sharron M.

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