About Peter Wyllie FSBP
I have been a celebrant since 2009 and it is without doubt the most rewarding job I have ever had in my life. One of my friends of long standing (we joined the army together in 1964) tells people “It took Peter 60 years to find out what he wanted to do when he grew up.”
I was inspired to become a celebrant when I attended the funeral of a good friend and was impressed by my first experience of a “Non-religious” funeral. I trained with the UK College of Celebrancy and am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) and the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC). Since that time I have conducted many funerals and am humbled when I am contacted to conduct a service for those who have been to my services or for whom I have conducted services already. I also moved into conducting weddings and baby naming ceremonies and it really is a pleasure to be involved in those two significant events in the life of a family.
In 2013, on my 65th Birthday I was honoured by being awarded an honorary fellowship by the Society of Bereavement Practitioners (which is why there is FSBP after my name).
I am one of the Baby Boomer generation, born in Grantham in 1948, I was educated at the local Grammar school where I graduated with one single O’level in English at Grade 5 (one up from fail).
I tried the army, but that didn’t suit me and then spent three years at Theological Colleges in Derbyshire and London before making a career in sales and later, sales and management training.
As you may be able to tell, I hardly had a distinguished career!
My father was something of a poet and hymn writer as well as a regular contributor to various church newspapers and magazines. I seem to have inherited his love of words and over the years I wrote regular articles for the business press as well as having a book published in 1996 (The Telesales Pocketbook) which was also released in Dutch and Russian.
Since becoming a celebrant I have written a monthly article for the Funeral Service Times.
You can find some of these available as PDFs on the download page.
I have written both humorous and serious verse and some of these are available for download too.