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.
My role as a celebrant includes working alongside families,
leading services for funerals, cremations, memorials, committals, burials and scattering
of ashes - all in a respectful manner. If required, I can provide resources for music,
readings, prayers, blessings - whatever is required to help with making decisions
that feel right for you, your family and the deceased. I welcome your inquiry.
Update 24/3/2020: Today's update from the Ministry of Health takes immediate effect with NO public Funeral Services, private family Funeral Services or tangi. This leads to a difficult and sad situation for families not having the opportunity to hold a ceremony to say a final goodbye to their loved ones. At some point in the future, you may wish to think about holding a memorial service to celebrate their life with family and friends. 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."