Funerals and Farewells
At the end of a loved one's life, it is a time to grieve
but it can also be a time to celebrate a lifetime.
I am an empathetic, professional celebrant
who will gently support and guide you and your family
through the farewell process to facilitate a meaningful
ceremony with dignity and grace for your loved one. I have
been thanked by families for providing kind and sensitive
support, as well as offering compassion and practical advice at a difficult time.
At a time of heightened emotion and stress, knowing that the funeral
is properly planned and is in caring and competent hands, brings relief.
My role as a celebrant includes working alongside families,
writing and delivering a personalised service for funerals, cremations, memorials, committals,
burials or scattering of ashes - all in a respectful manner. If required, I can provide resources for music,
readings, prayers, blessings - whatever is required to help you make decisions that feel right for you,
your family and the deceased. I welcome your inquiry.
Update 14/5/2020: The NZ Government have confirmed we are in Level 2 from 14 May 2020. Under the terms and conditions of Level 2, small wedding gatherings (up to a maximum of 10 people) are permitted and Funeral Services are permitted for up to 50 people.
At some point in the future, you may wish to hold a memorial service to celebrate the life of a loved one who has died during this lockdown. I can be there to help you through.
"Our family found the advice that Jill gave whilst organising my mother-in-law's funeral service to be very valuable. Her guidance as to how the service might proceed was much appreciated especially during what is a stressful and emotional time for those involved. The service, which was conducted by Jill, was intimate, brief and sincere just as the deceased wanted and family instructed. Jill was very professional, compassionate and was in touch with the mood of the gathering as the service progressed and directed things along accordingly. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jill to anyone wishing to have a compassionate and caring celebrant."
"You did an amazing job and I would recommend you to anyone needing a celebrant."
"Thank you very much for your help in creating a lovely service for Mum."
"I appreciate you speaking so clearly and respectfully with great support and comfort for us all as a family."
"You were just the person for us and it was so reassuring knowing you were there both as a friend and in your very special role."
"Your empathy in noting our parents strong partnership and family ties was very much appreciated."