Christine Capewell - Your Marriage and Funeral Celebrant
of Corowa, Yarrawonga and Albury
Area of operation
Murray Border/Riverina area & Nth Eastern Victoria especially the valley from Yarrawonga to Albury
Phone and email
+61 417 377 871
Links to other websites
Qualifications and Experience -
My initial tertiary qualification was in education and
I also have a Bachelor of Theology, a
Graduate Diploma in Religious Education and a
Certificate of Trauma Counselling and Therapy.
In addition, I hold a Certificate IV in Real Estate Agency Practice and
Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy.
I have been a Funeral Celebrant since 1991.
Member: International College of Celebrancy Alumni and Friends
I Provide the Following Ceremonies:
Whilst I facilitate the planning and celebration of all life's milestones, I specialise in funeral celebrancy. In addition to meaningful end-of-life rituals, I also work with those with a life threatening illness, in palliative care or of senior years, companioning and recording their thoughts as they reflect on life and prepare for death.
Over the years, I have trained and worked in several disciplines, however it has been the experience of life in all its ups and downs that has gifted me with an ability to closely relate to people. It's also given me an understanding of human nature, an awareness and appreciation of the impact of genealogy and social history in forming our lives and an instinctive, creative flair to celebrate who we are as humans. What gives my work such reward and meaning is the honour of being invited and allowed into the lives of people, companioning and helping them mark significant moments in life's journey through rich and meaningful ritual and ceremony.
Bachelor of Theology,
Grad Dip RE,
Certificate in Trauma Counselling and Therapy,
Member of The International College of Civil Celebrants Alumni.
Her professional background includes teaching, pastoral care and her own private practice as a grief and loss counsellor.
To this important field of service, Christine brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, insight and a deep sensitvity to people.
For many years, Chris has created, guided and lead meaningful rituals for individuals, couples and groups.
She has an innate ability to listen beyond words, is creative and resourceful with a keen sense of appropriateness to the situation and attention to detail.
As a Celebrant, Christine is a facilitator, an attentive and sensitive interviewer, a creative writer, a professional public speaker, a loss and grief educator and a ceremonial leader .
A professional Code of Ethics binds her to maintain confidentiality in her work with individuals and families.
Fees and Value:
Celebrancy is one area of life you really get what you pay for.
There is no such thing as a short cut to a good funeral. I charge $90 per hour in normal circumstances - times vary from 10 to 30 hours. Your capacity to pay is a careful consideration in the final invoice.
Why choose a civil Funeral Celebrant?
The best Civil Celebrants are creative, alternative, ceremonial leaders. They are the best choice for those who want to honour the life of a deceased loved one through sensitive, well-planned and prepared - and participatory - end-of-life ritual and ceremony.
Civil ceremonies are usually not religious in nature, but it is essential they are both deeply personal and meaningful for those who are bereaved. As funerals are a chance to honour and to celebrate a life lived, Christine’s aim as a Funeral Celebrant, is to ensure that all those who have gathered for the service have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony that celebrates the life and personality and achievements of the person who has died.
Learning to live without the daily physical presence of a loved one is indeed a journey of loss. Meaningful end-of-life ceremonies can be a vital and integral part of beginning the healing process and learning to live in the loved one’s absence. As a Funeral Celebrant, Christine is trained and committed to helping individuals and families plan and present personalised memorial services, celebrations of life and funeral services.
What is a Funeral?
Regardless of culture and belief, a funeral is a ritual, a sacred moment in time to pause, to celebrate the life of a loved one, and to honour their passing.
As well as remembering the person who has died, funerals are also a time for the living. The funeral and committal ceremony is an important opportunity for those who remain, to gather, to come to terms with what has happened and to share memories and their sense of bereavement. The funeral ceremony is a time for the telling of precious stories and a way that allows us to articulate the loss and to commence the difficult journey of grief. It is also provides a sacred space in which to offer support to each other at a time of bewilderment and loss.
Because funerals are such an important ritual for us as human beings, it is vital that the ceremony is sensitively crafted to accurately reflect the personality and life of the one who has died and to provide meaningful expression for those who mourn. Like a finely hand crafted and indivdual pair of leather shoes or gloves, a quality, personalized funeral ceremony can take from between 10 - 30 hours to create, for one size does not fit all.