As a Civil Celebrant, I provide an opportunity for you to have a funeral service that is personal, very flexible, and allows the family to take control of the ceremony. My task is to ascertain the wishes of the family, and then design a non-religious ceremony which pays a warm and loving tribute to the life of the deceased.
Spirituality has an important place in such a ceremony, but need not necessarily include religion. This suits many people in whose lives organised religion has not played a significant part.
A member of the family, or a family friend, may like to speak at the ceremony, adding to the life story. This can add a very personal dimension to the service.
The service may include a quiet time for reflection; it may include suitable readings, and personal anecdotes help to convey the true character of your loved one.
Symbols are often included in the funeral service. Flowers always reflect love - flowers from a family garden are very special.
Candles are used in many ceremonies, and help create an atmosphere of fond memories.
The inclusion of photos, or a memory board, can be important in creating positive memories.
All of these elements are brought together in such a way as to create a truly memorable service - a celebration of life, a recognition of your loved one's unique place in our world.
Planning can be a private matter, or shared with family members.
Some of the choices available to you are: