I officiated at my first funeral in 1980. Since that time I have officiated at many thousands of funerals.
I consider it a great privilege and honour to be able to work with families during their time of grief and loss. Spending time with them listening to the stories of their loved one is inspiring and enriching.
My role as a celebrant allows me the time to create a unique ceremony, with a full eulogy that tells of the person’s journey.
Many people now want a funeral ceremony to be a celebration of life. Every person who has lived and died has a story to tell. I see my role as that of the person who listens intently, and gleans all the information needed to write a life story.
My families are encouraged to select music to suit the occasion, often this would be the favourite songs of their deceased loved one. The entry song that greets mourners entering the chapel also allows them the chance to start to relax, to smile and to cry. These are natural emotions that can’t be avoided. Music sets a tone for the ceremony.
Most funerals include a photo tribute as well, and I always think of the photos as adding colour to the tapestry of life that I created with words.
I see myself as a specialist celebrant, one who creates and delivers personal funeral ceremonies, memories of which, are long lasting.
One of the greatest honours for me is ‘word of mouth’ recommendations. Many families that I have dealt with over the past four decades, request my services again when the need arises. A great number of my clients consider me to be their ‘family celebrant’. That is a great honour for me.
Most funeral homes have my contact details, but don’t hesitate to ring me prior to making your funeral arrangements, to check my availability.