My Approach To Funerals
I believe that every life holds a legacy of meaning and has a story to be honoured.
When I work with families, I understand the incredible privilege it is to be invited in and immersed in their family experience and their loved one’s life story. It is a significant responsibility to put together and deliver a life story authentically as well as to support a community in their loss and provide a ceremony to help them to express, honour and feel their way through that time.
My approach is to give an appreciation of life and legacy through story-telling and my intention is to empower families to follow their instincts and honour their needs in whatever way fits them best. Every family is different. Every life is unique. And my role is to support and guide each family through this time with skill, love and care.
I did my training as a Funeral Celebrant in 2011 with Zenith Virago, an amazing woman who for 20 years has been “pioneering a return to a more natural, sustainable and holistic approach to dying, death, disposal and celebration.” Right from the start, I resonated deeply with Zenith’s approach to death, dying and funerals and I feel incredibly privileged and honoured to have had her as my mentor.
While I am not fixed in any specific belief or religious views on death and dying, I have been hugely inspired and influenced by the wisdom of peace advocate and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. However, I very much enjoy and value the on-going discovery about the great mystery of death.