Funerals and memorial ceremonies are not for the dead but the living. It is a significant opportunity to be able to come together, honour your loved one, and support those left behind.
It is crucial to have family and friends gather, share stories, cry, and comfort each other. Whether this is a funeral conducted with your loved one’s body present or whether a memorial service is at a later date, it is vital to have some sort of ceremony.
If your family decides to use a celebrant, I would consider it a privilege and an honour to help you during this time to create and deliver a meaningful ceremony. I have conducted many memorial and ashes interment ceremonies, as well as over 400 funerals. All my ceremonies are conducted with warmth, grace and compassion.
Though nothing can take away the grief of the loss of a loved one, a well crafted tribute can somewhat lessen the pain and provide a valuable source of healing.
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There are many reasons to celebrate the life of a loved one through a memorial ceremony, these include:
- If most of the family live interstate/overseas or timing doesn’t allow for proper planning.
- If a pandemic restricts the amount of guests.
- Some families would rather not have their loved one’s body at the service and prefer a photo and maybe the ashes presented in an urn, which can be made of ceramic, bronze, or wood.
- Families who choose this option would have had a no attendance/no service cremation (the most inexpensive option for cremation) and would need to pick up the ashes from the crematorium or even a private burial.
- In some situations, a memorial is the only option available. As sad as it seems, there are situations where no bodily parts remain or are found. Also, in some circumstances, individuals have pre-arranged to donate their body to medical research, and sometimes this is not completed for many weeks following the death. However, to facilitate the commencement of the grieving process, a memorial service can be held promptly.
At a memorial, the family can have the ashes placed in an urn with a photo displayed at the front of the ceremony space. A memorial table might also be set up with your loved one’s memorabilia – craft items, trophies, scrapbooks, etc. A memorial could take place at any number of venues, including a hotel reception room, chapel, park, beach, golf course, school hall, backyard, etc.