Funerals & Memorials

As an experienced, well trained Funeral Celebrant, Anne takes exceptional care to support those who are often overwhelmed coming to terms with the loss of someone they know as well as arranging a funeral or a memorial. Anne’s direct experience of arranging and conducting funerals, she has compiled a very useful and informative document: “Arranging a Funeral” situation. This can be emailed to you – please ask.

Anne’s has the ability to put people at ease. She has the knack of calm and patience. As a (past) volunteer (13 years) with Palliative Care patients, she has gained much insight and first-hand experience with families who are struggling with the emotions and roller coaster of pain and loss.

She is aware of the importance of recording relevant and correct details for putting together a funeral service that is fitting and suitable. Her attention to detail is commendable allowing the ceremony to transition in such a way that some family and friends may not be aware of at the time, however as they reflect after the service they often acknowledge how the deceased would have completely approved of their farewell.

Testimonials

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  • The service was exactly what we asked for. Everything ran very smoothly Anne was wonderful. She made a huge effort with everyone in our family. We were all very comfortable with her which made it easy to communicate exactly what we wanted. Anne read the eulogy for us, on our request, which took a lot of pressure off the family.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Anne. She was very professional & very helpful in every way possible. Anne took the time to make sure the service accurately reflected all our thoughts and feelings. She is very compassionate and knowledgeable in her field.

    Julie, Mum & family
  • Hi Anne.

    Mark and I want to thank you for your time today and wish to say that we’re so very happy to have you perform the funeral for Don. Your presentation and attention to detail impressed both of us and made us comfortable with our choice.

    Thanks again.

    Jan
  • Hello Anne.

    Thank-you once again for delivering a funeral ceremony that meet my expectations which was so reflective of Dad’s personality.

    Wishing you the best in the future and with our fullest recommendation.

    Mark Campbell
  • Hi Anne,

    Thank you so much for the attachment “Arranging a Funeral”. I am pleased to see that you have clearly identified the document as your own work - so much has gone into its preparation and it is important to me that this is acknowledged.

    Lovely to see you again today - always enjoy our chats.

    Best wishes,

    Andrea
  • I think it’s good advice to remember that you don’t have to lay your loved one to rest in three to five days from their passing, as is the norm these days. My bros was only thirty-five when he passed away so his body went to the coroner for an examination. He service was therefore two weeks after his passing. This actually allowed us time to process his passing; get over the first few days of shock, and plan his service in a more mindful way. We had time to track down all of his old friends, some of who spoke at the funeral, which added to the celebration of his life in the most wonderful way. The two weeks also aided interstate mourners to arrange to attend and extra time to compose the eulogy.

    Anne has a lovely nature, respectful but far from morbid. So happy we went with her services and her bright themed wardrobe suggestion rather than a funeral director’s employee in a dark suit and brass badge.

    In organising my brother’s funeral, my father and I were more than happy with Anne’s service. A friend recommended Anne to us, and we are so grateful that she came into our lives just when we needed her.

    Michelle & Alex McC
  • Dearest Anne,

    Thank you, the service was performed wonderfully. You covered everything for Nanna’s Memorial Service.

    You were able to elicit information from family members that had been long forgotten, and incorporate into the service. Everything that was requested was put into the service.

    The service was tastefully performed, and gave justice to Maisie. As this had to be organised within a few days. And more information from other family members could have been included. Although, everything fell into place for the day and the service went off without any issues.

    I would highly recommend you to perform a service. You are a lovely person and made all family members feel welcomed, and incorporated a touching ending, by presenting candles and photo to 3 of the sons of Maisie, to lead out of the church.

    Thank you Anne,

    The Hall family xxx
  • Dear Anne,

    Thank you for all of your effort on honouring Mum in such a sincere and heart felt manner..

    We appreciate all that you did in preparing and presenting such a beautiful eulogy in celebration of Mum’s life.

    Best wishes,

    Kim
  • Dear Anne,

    Nanna’s service was performed wonderfully.

    You were able to elicit information from family members, that had been long forgotten, and incorporate into the service. Everything that was requested was put into the service.

    The service was tastefully performed, and gave justice to Maisie.

    I would highly recommend Anne to perform a service. She is a lovely person and made all family members feel welcomed, and incorporated a touching ending, by presenting candles and photo to 3 of the sons of Maisie, to lead out of the church.

    Thank you Anne

    The Davis Family
  • Dear Anne, my step father’s service had a warm and friendly feel to it, and I think this was due in no small part to your inclusive approach with all who attended.

    While it seemed like a lot to prepare (for our part of the eulogy) in a short time, you guided us through the process and made yourself readily available when we needed you.

    Sam
  • Dear Anne thank you so much for the wonderful job you did both preparing and presenting the funeral for Tess. You really helped to make this difficult time for our family much easier. You were so professional, supportive, calm and patient throughout the preparations and on the day. The guys who were sharing their memories of Tess really appreciated your help and support too.

    The service for Tess was really beautiful and the eulogy you gave was a perfect reflection of her life and character. I know that Tess would have been really touched by your wonderful funeral service which really was a beautiful celebration of her life. We can't thank you enough!!

    June and Family

Practical suggestions for arranging a funeral

There is so much to consider in a very narrow time frame when planning a funeral. Emotions will be running high and the last thing you will want to feel is pressured. To help guide you through this difficult process, I’ve compiled a list of Practical suggestions for planning a funeral. These guidelines (only) may assist you in deciding what best to do from choosing a Funeral Director to selecting the music. I hope you find them useful.

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