Funerals, or Celebrations of Life, provide an opportunity for family & friends to come together, share their grief, honour their loved one and celebrate the life they lived.
Arranging a funeral at a time when you are still coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, is incredibly difficult and overwhelming, but the right celebrant can assist you greatly with the healing process, by being able to connect with you and provide a beautiful memory for years to come.
It’s so important to maintain a positive focus on your loved one’s life, and I pride myself on delivering warm, personal, heartfelt and sincere ceremonies that reflect your loved ones personality, respects their beliefs and offers some comfort to those who knew and loved them.
Below are some elements that you may like to consider when planning a funeral, but I will confidently guide and support you through this process to ensure all the important moments are captured.
- Memorial Table used to display photos, or favourite/ meaningful items
- Slideshow/ Video Presentations
- Symbolic gestures
A favourite song of the loved one, or some music that best reflects your loved ones life, or music preferences.
Songs can also be accompanied by slideshows/video footage of moments from the loved one’s life, or simply be a moment for personal, quiet reflection.
Some words shared by a close friend or member of the family, or your celebrant.
These can be a poem, biblical blessings or scriptures, words to a song, a short story, anything that you or your loved one held meaning to.
Honour and remember the person who has passed
Tributes, eulogies, reflections and personal remarks and/or stories from the celebrant, family and friends.
An extra element to provide family and friends with a more lasting reminder of your loved ones life.
- Dove/ butterfly to symbolise the release of the loved ones spirit or soul and to signify their departure from our world.
- Tree planting/ plantable seed cards to provide a constant reminder of the times shared with your loved one.
- Cards of remembrance, where guests can write their favourite memory of your loved one on a card which can be placed in a box and read by the immediate family members at a later time.
- Guest book, where guests can write their personal messages to the loved one, or to immediate family members.
- Memorial candle
A table used to display photos, and/or favourite/ meaningful items
“Empathy and understanding, Meriki has this in spades.
We chose Meriki as we immediately had a feeling of support and understanding regarding the
wishes of my father. A funeral is a deeply personal event, one that brings out vulnerability.
Meriki was able to connect and respect each family member to ensure that not only did they say
what was needed to be said but also were able to laugh and remember the good times.
We cannot thank Meriki enough for her compassion and guidance through a difficult time.”
~ Adam Kennon + family
“There was no need for words, the expressions on their faces told me everything.
They were glowing – the air was thick with superlatives – and every sentence began with ‘Meriki’.
You had certainly made a very positive and lasting impression on many people that afternoon.
Norma and Dianne, join me in saying thank you for creating such a memorable day.
We all felt your professionalism and attention to detail were absolutely extraordinary.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity of working with you during the planning stages of the ‘celebration’ and take this opportunity to thank you again for the time and trouble you put into accommodating our every wish.”
~ Ken Beever + family