Celebrating and grieving the life of someone who’s passed away typically takes place at funerals and memorial ceremonies soon after the person has died.
When someone we love dies, it’s a very difficult time. But it’s also a great opportunity to remember all those things that made them so special.
That’s where I can help you – I can create a beautiful ceremony about them. And I’ll help you get through what is clearly a very hard time. At funerals and memorial ceremonies that I’ve delivered as a funeral celebrant, I’ve been told I have a calming, sensitive presence.
All you need to do is let the Funeral Director know you would like to use my services, and then get in touch with me.
I’ll help you by making sure the style of ceremony reflects the person concerned, and that it honours them and tells of the love people had for them.
As a gay funeral celebrant, I welcome calls from partners, friends, family, colleagues and carers who are in the process of arranging a funeral or memorial ceremony for any deceased person, including members of the LGBTI community.
Connect with you in a way that makes you feel safe.
As full-time celebrant, I'm available throughout the planning process.
Deeply understand the challenges & the pride of the LGBT+ community.
Use language that’s affirming, accepting & non-judgmental.
As an ex-senior public servant & ex-English teacher.
Take your time to make your decisions about the funeral arrangements or the ceremony.
This will tell me your name and details, along with the venue in Melbourne and the time and date of the funeral or memorial ceremony. I will respond promptly and tell you how to proceed.
I will listen to you with sensitivity and will provide you a safe space. As a funeral celebrant, I will play a central role in drafting a funeral ceremony based on your and the deceased's wishes.
I will create and then deliver a funeral ceremony that authentically reflects your loved one. I understand the high-running emotions around funerals and memorials – especially for LGBTI people - and will ensure the deceased’s story is told in an honest way.
A funeral celebrant specialises in officiating at personalized ceremonies as a central part of a funeral or memorial. The celebrant talks to the next of kin, family and friends to understand the person who is being honoured and then creates a ceremony based on that information.
No, there aren’t any legal formalities attached to these ceremonies. Whilst there are laws and regulations governing the disposal of the physical remains, there are no regulations on the location of the ceremony or on things such as the dress code or who officiates at the ceremony.
The ceremony happens when the family or next of kin are prepared for it, emotionally. Sometimes, the funeral or memorial ceremony occurs weeks after the person has died. If the deceased is to be cremated, then often there’s a ceremony that occurs immediately before the cremation. If the person is to be buried, then often there’s a ceremony in a chapel or at the graveside before the burial occurs. And it’s not unusual for the person’s cremated remains to be present at a ceremony where the life is celebrated and remembered.
It’s never too late to celebrate the life and memories of someone who was valued and is missed by close ones. These memorial ceremonies can bring diverse groups of people together for the sole purpose of remembering the person they loved.