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Funerals

 

Due to my current work/life circumstances, I am finding that I am rarely able to say ‘yes’ to requests for funerals at the moment, so I apologise in advance for this. I may, however, be able offer recommendations for an alternative funeral celebrant, so please call if you feel that might be helpful.

 

 

SONY DSC“Ellen was the celebrant at our son Daniel’s funeral. Our beautiful boy Dan passed at the young age of only 24 and with that the guests who attended the funeral were mostly of similar age to that of Dan. Ellen whilst able to connect with all age groups had a particular skill engaging with the young adults who were crushed by Dan’s passing. Ellen’s delivery of the eulogy promoted Dan’s life like Ellen had known Dan for many years, and still to this day friends ask us “how does Ellen fit into the family”? Adversity of this magnitude is obviously difficult for most to comprehend but Ellen was and continues to be a
great comfort for us at such a difficult time. Ellen is a
credit to her profession and a new found friend.”

 David & Adrianna 

Officiating at funerals is some of the greatest work a celebrant can do.
By talking and listening to you and your family, I will create a funeral or memorial service that is a powerful and loving farewell – and one which can be a step in the ongoing process of healing.

The aim is to create a ceremony which authentically expresses who that person was, what was important to them, who mattered in their lives, what their passions were. My aim too, is to find opportunities for family members to be involved as much as possible, creating a sense of belonging and connection to the ceremonial process. There are many ways this can happen, so the job is to find the ways that feel comfortable to those involved. And when family feel they are not up to the task of participating during the funeral, I am there to assist you say what you feel you want to say.

I hold an extensive reference library to help you choose readings and poetry that really reflects what you think needs to be said. I will also be there to guide you through writing a eulogy for your loved one, if that is what you feel you would like to do. If not, I will create that life story on your behalf.

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.”
Macbeth.

Contact Your Funeral Celebrant Directly
Many families simply accept the celebrants allocated to them by their funeral director. It is most important that you  understand that you can employ a celebrant of your own choosing to officiate at a loved-one’s funeral. Choosing your own celebrant is one of the best ways for you to have control over the process of creating the unique and meaningful ceremony you want. So, if someone has passed away, contact your celebrant as soon as possible to begin the process of creating a wonderful farewell that you will remember forever.

The right funeral ceremony can be a crucial point in the grieving process. Done properly, it is in itself can be vital opportunity for healing and a powerful first-step towards a life lived without that person. There is nothing  better than creating a ceremony that truly reflected who your loved-one was and how you felt about them, and nothing worse than  funeral that failed to do that.

“Ellen was the celebrant for my fathers’ funeral and I cannot praise her highly enough for how she helped us in creating a beautiful service which celebrated a great life and gave his many friends and family in attendance the opportunity to acknowledge our love and our loss. I am not alone in praising Ellen, we have been overwhelmed with positive comments on how wonderful the service was and particularly how wonderful Ellen was as a Celebrant. Many people have said it was the best service they have ever been to. Heartfelt thanks go to Ellen from the Van Gerrevink family and we would highly recommend her services to others for assisting in life’s big moments.

Michelle Van Gerrevink

 

“Thank you Ellen for being such a caring and perceptive person in presiding over (our brother) Matt’s funeral. Your words truly reflected Matt and our feelings about him and his untimely death.”

Mary Howe