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Bereavement Minister

Colourful Coffins is also proud to partner with Bereavement Specialist Minister and Accredited Counsellor, Rev George Callander.

Bereavement Minister

Rev Callander FRSA

Colourful Coffins is pleased to work with the Rev George Callander FRSA, a well-known bereavement specialist practitioner, commentator and writer.

Rev George Callander MIW(Acc) FRSA, serves as Bishop of the Open Free Church: an independent, ultra-liberal denomination, which welcomes and values everyone regardless of belief or unbelief. Well-known as a bereavement specialist minister, writer and commentator, George is a Founding Fellow and President of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners. He has 20 years’ experience of bereavement ministry, helping families through the most difficult of circumstances, including as a specialist in children’s funerals and funerals following suicide or trauma.

George offers all types of liberal service, including traditional or contemporary religious, and also semi-religious. His unique and flexible approach ensures the needs and wishes of families and individuals always come first - whilst truly celebrating the life which has ended. Described as “informally formal and unconventionally conventional”, George is in demand both as a minister and speaker.

To contact George please call: 07534 991482 or visit

“…thank you for conducting Jock’s funeral today. Your kind words and gentle humour brought us all great comfort at a sad time. The fact a real Scotsman took the service would have made Jock very proud indeed.” 

Dave and Paula Purdie

“…the atmosphere your gentle words and sentiments created made my special Aunt Janet’s woodland burial a wonderful and joyous sense of freedom and peace and gave me real comfort. I had no idea a religious service could be so open, honest and individual. Thank you, George.”

Yvonne and Family

“Bishop George, thank-you for conducting Eric’s funeral service in such a warm, caring and uplifting way.” 

Pat Ford

“Dear Bishop George, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful service you conducted for my beloved Mother on Christmas Eve. It was just perfect - including Christmas carols instead of hymns was so special as Mum loved Christmas and even with severe dementia could still sing the words. Just beautiful!” 

Mrs Boland and Family

“…my tiny baby Jasmine was born too soon and will never know the world. Your fantastic Service of Farewell made sure everyone in the Chapel knew her. Jasmine will never be forgotten, and your gentle kindness won’t be either. Thanks so much, George”