Funeral Celebrant Lia Jane of Peaceful Hearts works with families to capture a fitting tribute to the life lived, the loves, challenges, friendships and family memories in a way that helps to bring comfort to the families.


Peaceful Hearts celebrant will help you put together a wonderful service to cherish by working with you, listening to life stories and achievements to get a real feel for the person whose life is about to be celebrated.  This consultation is all about making sure  relatives and friends can create a beautiful farewell which will be managed and delivered by Peaceful Hearts Celebrant on the day of the funeral.

'The service you did for ***** was the best I’ve ever been to, it wasn’t morbid, well thats what I'm used to was a great reflection of *****.  I was very impressed'. Johnny L. Service at Bretby Crematorium. Oct 2019

'I tried a few times to connect with my sister but it never happened so it was wonderful to come here today and learn so much about her life and her character. Thank you so much' Jan 2020 

Lia helps families with the order of service to create the most fitting content and flow for the service. You will be able to talk openly about any concerns and discuss any ideas you have. After the meeting you will be sent a draft copy of the service bespoke written by Lia who will then make any changes to the service that you request provided the service remains within the time slot allocated for the service.


If family or friends would like to either speak, deliver a reading or recite a poem on the day we can structure the celebration to accommodate these into  the delivery being led by Peaceful Hearts. If this becomes too overwhelming on the day , Lia will always be nearby if you to help.


We focus on helping families create a personal, compelling and lasting farewell service to help bring comfort to the family and their guests as they say goodbye.

Lia has trained with The Fellowship of Independent Celebrants and now looks forward to helping clients directly or by working with local Funeral Directors delivering services at crematoriums and other locations of choice around the Derby, Burton on Trent, Loughborough and Ashby-de-la -zouch areas.


What is a Celebrant

A celebrant is someone who supports families experiencing loss of someone loved and cherished. During this time when they feel vulnerable and sad the role of the funeral celebrant is to help  families to create the most fitting and memorable service to honour the life lost and to celebrate many facets of the loved one’s life to captivate the thoughts of  the people paying their respects. A celebrant is neither affiliate or attached to either the church or a particular religion which means that they can officiate non-religious services that the family find more fitting and appropriate. Of course, religious, spiritual and other content can form part of the service. The beauty being that the family really can pay tribute as they please

The Civil Funeral Ceremony is about celebrating life, quite often it will take place at a crematorium or non religious burial site. The ceremony can be non-religious or part-religious by including hymns and short prayers. 

Other services include memorial ceremony, remembrance, burial of ashes and pet memorials.


About Lia

Lia was bought up in Rolleston-on-Dove where she attended the Forest of Needwood High School. As Lia grew up she was continually creating, playing the piano, in the garden with dad or out having fun  with her brothers and cousins.

Lia cooked and cared for her grandmother at the family home at the age of 14  before Muriel Mary died in the mid 1970's. Lia went on to experience bereavement of many close friends before losing her father suddenly in 2002. Even before Lia's father passed she recognised how her own loss experiences seemed to draw her towards people coping with loss. 


Lia had 2 sons in the early 1990s and raised them alone while working and studying law. She has supported her sons journeys into IT Programming and Film Writing, in particular helping her youngest son Joe who had a late High Function Autism diagnosis that had caused significant challenge in School and to a vicious attack. Joe eventually succeeded in obtaining a Masters Degree and now  develops his film and writing skills.


Lia trains in Ballroom Dance, takes her motorbike out in summer, spends time with friends, enjoys gardening and continues to develop Peaceful Hearts.

Lia and Joe taken in 2002 after the sudden loss of her father 

Sole Proprietor: Lia Richardson

23 Tuphall Close

Chellaston. Derby

DE73 6WN

Offices is Rolleston on Dove

and in Chellaston Derby

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