My name is Jan Lesley ONeil and here is a bit about me and why I chose to offer this service for those that we have loved.
I was born and grew up in Sheffield with my four siblings and parents. I am now married, and I am a mother to two grown-up sons who have given me five wonderful (But lively!) grandchildren. My life has provided me with a lot of enrichment. Being well-travelled has taken me on many adventures, and I have lived abroad and in locations around England. Although, as life sometimes can, it has of course had its challenging moments and at other times rewarding, which has helped me enjoy the good moments as much as any adversity can do.
The most significant part of my personal life will always be my family. I have had a career as an entertainer/singer for 40 years, which has given me some great opportunities - including some radio and television work, which was a wonderful experience.
I’ve always enjoyed meeting people and I feel it is very much part of my make-up and nature to be relaxed and happy when in the company of others. I have a genuine interest in people and their experiences of life. I have the ability to communicate and attune myself with others, finding some affinity with them, most importantly by listening.
When our father passed away some years ago, we realised as a family that we wanted his farewell to be special to us. We wanted it to reflect the unique and loving father that he was, who loved his family and was also a friend to many people, even strangers who he came into contact with! His funeral turned out to be the most uplifting experience for all of us as a family and for all of those who attended. We incorporated live and recorded music, spoke words, which came from the heart, all carefully thought out and considered. We put together a unique and wonderful tribute to our father, and many who attended commented on how uplifting and special the ceremony was. It was a true celebration of his life. It meant so much for us to do the same for our lovely mother some four years later, again providing another very personal tribute. This gave us a sense of closure and peace. People actually went away saying, “I hope someone will do this for me.”
This is what I want for you. Having learnt from our own experience, I want to share a celebration that comes from the heart and to work closely with you to create a beautiful ceremony just for you and your loved ones to always remember.
My hope is for you and your family to feel that I have given you a caring, loving, sympathetic, (and when applicable!) amusing way to bring closure on your loved ones very special day. I
WHAT I DO
I am here to support you through these difficult moments. I will help you by finding those words and stories of your loved one when it is too difficult for you to do so. I am also proudly a member of the professional funeral celebrants.
Covering Retford, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Doncaster , Rotherham and surrounding areas. Please do contact me for further enquiries.