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Michael Gosden - Wealden Celebrant

A little bit about me,

I have lived in Sussex all my life, I went to school in Hailsham and in my teens the family moved to the small village of Punnetts Town.


I have worked at a Timber & Builders merchants, with the NHS and then the Civil Service - where I remained for 26 years.

In my spare time I had ten years of volunteering for the Red Cross, was a footbll referee, DJ'd for many years and enjoy DIY.

I have two wonderful daughters who both work in the care profession.

My journey into the world of being a Celebrant started in 1998, my Uncle had passed away and my Aunt asked if I would say a few words at his funeral, I was honored and incredibly nervous - after all, you don't get a second chance if you get things wrong..

The service went well and I was so proud to have been a part of it, I was able to say the things that other friends and family members wanted to - but couldn't.

During my career I had the pleasure of meeting some of the nicest people anyone could wish to and, at times I have experienced the very worst things that thankfully many people will never have to, but all providing me with a broad and diverse set of life skills / experiences.

From that funeral back in 1998 I went on to speak at every family funeral since and it got me thinking - what a rewarding job it would be to be be involved in such an important part of someone's farewell - but also how magical it would be to also work with new life and life's milestones.

And so I retired from the Civil Service and I now spend my time helping others to create bespoke Weddings, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies, Memorial Services and more!

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