It is always a privilege to assist families with the Celebration of the Life of their loved one. It is always a sad time and one when things can be a little upside down while you are coming to terms with your loss. I have also been through the same sadness of losing someone very close and fully understand what this loss means to you.
My job as a Celebrant is to help you put together a fitting tribute that celebrates the life that has been lost. It is important to remember them and each of you will want to remember those special times, and moments, and each in your own special way. It is a time for remembrance and reflection and everyone will have their own to think about. That is what makes up a person's life, a series of events that occur in their lifetime no matter how long or short it is, and it will touch us all in different ways.
When a person touches your life it lasts for a lifetime. Your funeral service can involve as many people as you want to and a service can be held anywhere that you see as appropriate - at home, in a garden, in a chapel, marae or at a place that was special to that person such as beside a lake, river, by the sea or under a mountain. Permission may need to be granted for services to be in certain places but that can be discussed.
Your service can include favourite music, hymns, poetry, special readings, tributes from people, singing by everyone or by one person, the lighting of candles by family members and friends, a display of special reminders of that person, releasing of balloons, guard of honour - there are many options.
I can help you put together all of that along with a selection of readings from various publications and work with you to gather special information about your loved one and create a special written memory for a ceremony to acknowledge them. An unveiling service can also include many of the above and would also be discussed with you when I meet you.
A Celebration of a life lived,
a time for remembrance and reflection