Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal

Funeral and Memorial Services

 

I am drawn to this work by the belief that every life is precious and deserving of being acknowledged, and also the realisation of how a funeral or memorial service plays a very important part for those left behind.

 Nothing can take away the pain of grief, but a genuine, well prepared service can help ease the pain, enabling you to begin the journey of healing. 

There are many ways to celebrate the end of a loved one’s life;

-a traditional funeral in a chapel,

-a celebration of life somewhere significant to you or your loved one,

-a memorial or remembrance service following cremation. 

There is no right or wrong way to say farewell, excepting that it should be reflective of you and your loved one.

 As this time is filled with intense emotion, it can be hard to know where to start.  We will meet and I will support and assist you with my experience as we reflect on their life and plan their service together. I welcome your ideas, faith, culture and the involvement of family and friends at whatever level is right for you.  I also have a range of resources and ideas to help. Together we will bring in all the elements and create a fitting tribute reflective of you and your loved one.  

 I am also very happy to meet with those who wish to discuss or preplan their funeral.   It is always a privilege to meet them and take the time to go through ideas with them.  It often gives them great comfort to have ‘things sorted’, while taking the pressure off their family knowing what their final wishes are.

 I consider it a privilege to be involved in one of life’s significant times; the passing of a loved one, and my commitment to you is to provide a warm, empathetic and personalised service.



Testimonials

We really appeciate how you made Eric's service much more bearable.  The family and I felt that we had known you forever. You gave us much comfort in your caring, thoughful way in leading us through the day.

Thank you.

 

Ashton Family, September 2016

Thank you for the lovely card and thoughts on Nell.  She was a great strength to her family and we have wonderful memories to treasure.

Thank you for the wonderful part you had in her farewwll to her.  You carried it out with grace and dignity and you were a wonderful help to us all.

Skipper Family, August 2016

Janice, Just a quick note to thank you for taking our dads service last Friday.

We have had nothing but good feed back about how well suited the service was for dad, so thanks again.

 Kind Regards

 

Paul Chester, May 2016

Dear Janice,

We would all like to say how we appreciated your part in Philip's funeral.

From our first meeting and subsequent emails you were very caring with your help and advice.  Philip's funeral went so well and many of our friends made nice comments.

We are happy that Philip is resting comfortably at last.  Thank you again.

Margaret, Paul and Gillian Holcombe, February 2016

Janice,

A thank you for the wonderful service for Marion.  You made it so personal.  Friends I have spoken to since have remarked how fitting it was for the lady Marion was.

Once again, thank you.

Collin, Duane, Gavin and Scott Welsh, November 2015

Hi Janice,

Thank you for your kind note, most of all a big “THANK YOU” for assisting us all in our difficult time in celebrating Shona’s life and farewell.  Your understanding was very comforting to us all, it helped ease the pain of losing our very loved wife, mother, soul mate.  She left us  with heaps of happy loving memories.

Lots of Love and best wishes.  We hope to meet you again in better times.

Terry Denise, Angela, Pieter and Shane, October 2015

I just wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for your services with Mum's funeral over the weekend.  You really made it so easy and it was very comforting to have someone like you leading the service and also helping organise it. 

Heart felt thanks to you. 

Jane Kumitau, September 2015

Thank you so much for all your help and sincere kindness with Peters arrangements.  I know Peter would have greatly approved of your beautiful words. It really helps everyone accept and heal much faster when everything goes so smoothly at the service.

Our family were more than happy with Peters final part of his journey and remembrance and we thank you for your part in this.

Chrissy Signal, September 2015

Thank-you for all you did for Mike and our family today. You were able to capture the essence of Shirl in your words- you have a very special gift. It can't be easy to talk so intimately about someone you have never met. It meant a lot to us that you really heard us and were able to understand what she meant to us.

 Thank-you and kind regards,

Ruttley Family, August 2015

Thank you so much for making Ross's funeral service a very special time for us. You spoke so well and summed him up perfectly.  We will be forever grateful.

Maree, Natasha and Melissa, August 2015

Thank you for the copy of Jean's service as Alison will appreciate it as she could not be present.   You really are a fantastic celebrant and all present voiced the same view. When my time comes I know I will be in great hands. I know not how to express my gratitude to you and family for all that was done for Jean and I.

Don Baird, October 2014

How fortunate we were to have you help with our service for Ian.  We are so grateful for all the assistance you gave us.  We enjoyed the laughs along the way.  Thank you for everything.          

Patricia Gordon June 2014

I can't thank you enough for the funeral service you conducted for my Dad Dave. It was faultless, a mix of sadness, celebration, lightness and respect that seemed in absolute harmony with the occasion and with the nature of my Dad. Your eulogy was beautiful, a flowing trip through my Dads life, it was like you knew him yourself. You have a gift with words and beautiful nature that really works...thank you again for making what could have been a very fractious event and unifying it into a fitting send off for a very kind and humble man.

David Chase, June 2014

Thank you for the wonderful service you gave for our Mum, it meant a lot to us. We really appreciated it.      

Jenkin Family June 2014

Thank you for your card and kind words-much appreciated, but most of all thank you for conducting the service  for George.  It was a pleasure to meet you, though would have preferred on a different occasion.        

Christine, Michele and Kirstyn, April 2014

Many thanks for everything.  All your hard work and personal touches made the day so much easier for myself and the family.  Our best wishes.

Pamela Matthews, March 2014

I want to let you know how much I appreciated your help over the last few weeks.  You're a lovely kind person with a warm heart.  Keep up the great work, thank you.                 

Kim Cunningham, February 2014

Everyone has commented on how wonderful the service was for Derek's funeral.  You made us feel so calm and relaxed on the day with your kindness and confidence in the way you led us through the ceremony.  We thank you for making the day so special for us.        

Colleen Wolff, February 2014

Thank you so much for honouring our gracious Mum with such a gracious funeral, for the many kind words said and for the laughs we shared on the way.  What a blessing we found someone so gifted and passionate about giving someone such a dignified farewell. 

Steve, Michael and Deb, October 2013

Thank you so much for your help with george's memorial service.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him but his memory will live on because of who he was.

 

Dennis and Jeanette Hinton, October 2013

Thank you for your gentle and professional manner towards us at our emotional and stress filled time.  Sean could not have found a more suitable person and we know Mum would have liked you too.  Thank you for all that you did pre and post Mum's service.

Donnelly Family, August 2013

Thank you so much for the lovely service you held at our Mum's funeral on Friday.  Your patience, understanding and support was so very much appreciated.  You guided us through a very difficult time and it was of great comfort to know our precious Mum was farewelled in such a loving way, love and thanks,

Sandy Christiansen, June 2013

My family and I would like to say a big thank you for your porfessional services.  We found your warmth and guidance comforting at our time of grief.  Kind Regards,

Family and friends of Nancy, March 2013

You are so fantastic.  We were all so grateful for your input and understanding of us all, and more importantly John, at such a stressful time.  I think we certainly celebrated his life with some flair.  He may have been a little miffed that we made it a little ‘over the top’ but it was worth it, and he would have managed his ‘quirky grin’.

J King, January 2013

My family and I would like to say a big thank you for your professional services.  We found your warmth and guidance comforting at our time of grief.

L Williams, January 2013

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts in remembering our Mum, Mollie.  Also for your wonderful help with the funeral, we all felt very comfortable.  We do miss her so much.

Anderson Family, January 2013

Thank you for officiating at Zita’s service.  It was a lovely service. Thank you for your help.  You provided comfort and assurance that all went well.

C Melville, November 2012

Many thanks for the lovely service you gave our dear Mum. You did an awesome job and everyone told us how lovely it was.

Linda and Mark, November 2012

The thanks are mine. The privilege is also ours. Mum would have enjoyed the balance of the service and the music. Once again many thanks. With your permission I would like to recommend you to others.

M Mariassouce October 2012

Thank you so much for being the celebrant at my mother's funeral.  You did a wonderful job and brought the service together beautifully.  I was getting nervous when so many people arrived, but somehow they all fitted in.  I know Mum would have loved it too.

M Michell, October 2012.

On behalf of all the family, I would like to express our thanks to you for the wonderful job you did with regard to arranging the service and the service itself.  The service was beautiful and we will treasure our memories of Mum’s funeral for the rest of our lives

D Rhodes, September 2012

Thank you so much for the beautiful service you took for Mum, it is always a very stressful and daunting time for the family.  Your presence and help during this time was truly amazing.  Dianne provided the beautiful premises and you provided the lovely service.  Mum would have been so happy.  We are so grateful for your support and care.  Thank you.

L Cook and Family, September 2012

Many thanks for the lovely service you gave our dear Mum.  You did an awesome job and everyone told us how lovely it was. 

 

Mabey Family, September 2012

Thank you so much for taking the service for Gordon; the family appreciated that. You’d probably gather by now the sort of person he was.

Thanks again.

Malcolm Family, July 2012

We would like to show our deep appreciation for the superb job you carried out for us all at Lloyds Service.  We felt the empathy and love you showed, and this was commented on by many of the friends and family who attended. 

I know that Lloyd would have loved the service and it was a great tribute to him thanks to your personal touch.

N Small and Family, May 2012

Now and again you attend a funeral that you realise afterwards fits the person absolutely perfectly. And the celebrant who has gone to some trouble to make sure that he or she has some affinity with the person and family that she is organising the event for. You did Raymond proud, it was just what he wanted and I can almost hear him saying to me as he always did. "Make it plain, simple and relevant”

You certainly did that.

Thank you.

M and E Ross, March 2012