“Large held Small snug as they looked out at the night,
at the moon in the dark, and the stars shining bright.
‘Small, look at the stars - how they shine and glow,
but some of those stars died a long time ago.
Still they shine in the evening skies
Love, like starlight, never dies.’”
Debi Gliori, No Matter What
End of Life Ceremonies
If you have lost a loved one, my heart goes out to you. If you would like a personalised ceremony that truly reflects and celebrates your loved one’s life, here are some options.
A funeral is a service that remembers and honours the life of a deceased person soon after death, with the body of the deceased present. The funeral may end with a cremation, or include a graveside service for the burial.
MEMORIALS AND CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE
These are similar to funerals, but the body of the deceased is not present, although sometimes the ashes may be. Memorials and Celebrations of Life may occur, for example:
on the anniversary of a death
to allow the public to join in grief and show respect for a high-profile person, following a private family funeral
or if loved ones were unable to gather together to mourn and remember at the funeral, for example due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or to allow time for people to travel long distances, or if the deceased had loved ones in different locations.
Your Earth-friendly ceremony, your way: we’ll create a personalised, memorable ceremony that truly reflects the person’s life we are celebrating, while respecting the planet.
FUNERAL, MEMORIAL or CELEBRATION OF LIFE CEREMONY
meeting with loved ones of the deceased person, to plan the ceremony
unlimited email back-and-forth to get the ceremony just right
liaison with Funeral Director, if needed
ceremony conducted at a venue of your choice within Perth metro
Need help writing a eulogy or no one wants to speak? I offer my wordsmith skills to help with:
writing a eulogy,
or writing it for you from information provided by you
or I can read the eulogy and memories written by others
COST: from $750
If the service is being held at a non-traditional venue and a sound system is required, I can bring my PA system with high-quality microphone and Bose speaker that can play music, for an additional cost.
Please contact me to discuss.
SCATTERING OF ASHES
Some people wish to keep the ashes of their deceased loved ones in a container in their homes, while others may wish to scatter or place the ashes in an allocated cemetery plot, a garden, or a special place in nature.
If you have inherited ‘legacy ashes’ – the ashes of persons or animals that were kept by a now-deceased family member - whether you know who they are or if their identity is unknown, we can gently and respectfully lay those ashes to rest.
If the time feels right to do this and you would like a caring celebrant to help you with this ritual, I am happy to help you design a bespoke ceremony that honours your loved one as they are released to the elements. This may range from a private tree-planting ritual, to a big clan gathering with story and song.
COST: from $550
For a simple ritual with less than 10 guests for a ceremony with Perth metro.
Please contact me to discuss.