After a long career as a journalist, editor, author and broadcaster, I conducted my first funeral at the specific request of the deceased – my own father.
Gearing the entire service to reflect my father’s life, loves, beliefs and personality proved to be comforting, gratifying and surprisingly uplifting – a genuine celebration of his life and a dignified and respectful way of saying goodbye.
I subsequently trained with the renowned celebrant Terri Shanks with a commitment to spend the necessary time and care to create services that meet all the family requirements that will ensure a reflective, loving tribute in honour of the person being laid to rest. Since then I have conducted over 500 services, investing in them all my passionate belief that funerals should be as much about celebrating a person’s life as mourning their death.
As no two people are the same, I ensure each service is unique, individually geared to faithfully reflect the character and personality of the person who has passed.
While funerals are inevitably sad, stressful and emotional occasions and grief is a necessary part of coming to terms with loss, I believe an important part of the healing process lies within a sensitive celebration of the life that’s passed.