Marriage & Funeral Celebrant
Bespoke humanist, secular and spiritual ceremonies
Ceremony and ritual are the elements that bring life’s most important journeys into focus.
Victoria, Southern NSW and ACT
Weddings and Commitments
Your relationship has bloomed and grown from strength to strength. You’re aware of the ups and downs and the need to find strength in yourself and in each other. The little hum has become a roar ‘this is the one’. The question is asked and accepted, or the decision to dive in together is made. After the initial thrill of dreaming up your big day, you realise just how many elements that involves.
This is where I can step in and help ease the load! I also offer beautiful live music as part of your ceremony.
I strive for these key elements:
- Cultivating an authentic connection with the couple, and
- Taking time to discover their story.
- Assisting the couple with the legal elements in a clear way;
- Taking the guesswork out and offering a professional and reassuring perspective
- Crafting the couple’s unique story into a ceremony that is bespoke and
- Includes all the elements important to the couple and their families
- Creating an atmosphere where guests can really be present in the moment, and
- Bear witness. Including the element of humour and fun, but never at the expense of the romance and elegance of the occasion.
My vision statement as a wedding celebrant is to offer a unique ceremony that reflects your love story. Whether secular and grounded in the concrete elements of this life, or expressing a spiritual or religious belief that is part of your identity, I am comfortable with reflecting your beliefs in the ceremony I create for you.
‘The truest love resigns itself to everything,
no matter how life pulls it apart,
love makes another start again.
Now when I think of that broken-hearted fall –
I’d give my all to have that moment to speak again.
To thank you for chasing a bluer sky –
and to kiss again – and say goodbye.’
My work as a funeral celebrant is very simple. To assist and support families to honour and farewell a special person in a way that reflects the person, and that supports the family in their grief.
A funeral or memorial service is a celebration of a precious life, an acknowledgement of their absence, and a space to grieve and be supported. I assist families to create funerals that are personal, affordable and authentic. I see my role as a compassionate organiser, a listener, a person to make things happen when it seems too difficult to do anything, and a celebrant who gives shape to the event, and speaks for and with the family, and perhaps even the deceased person too.
Some gatherings are high on colour, laughter and stories. Others are extremely sombre and serious. I am able to assist you to create a farewell that reflects the life and death of your loved one, and your own wishes and needs. I can meet with you at short notice, offer some resources to assist you in planning the funeral, and gather stories and information about your loved one’s life and times.
I have travelled widely and have been studying cultural practices around death and funerals. In 2013, I began offering support to dying people and their families in a role often called ‘end of life support/death doula’. The role of officiating at funerals comes very naturally to me within the realm of these experiences. I strongly support the growing movement of in-home death care, natural burial, green funerals, and family-led funerals. As well as being more sustainable, personal and meaningful, these are so much more affordable. Simple measures such as using a cardboard or bamboo casket, and decorating it with family and friends, can bring costs down and meaning up.