The most fitting tribute to a loved one, is to celebrate their life with a meaningful Funeral or Memorial Service.
Based in Sydney's inner west,I travel in the Sydney area and to regional and remote locations to conduct highly personalised services that may include rituals, tree plantings, memory books and other ideas. (I have strong ties with the Blue Mountains and regional NSW).
If you wish to celebrate the life of your loved one and ensure that those present will say .... 'that was a great farewell and tribute', then give me a call.
SCATTERING ASHES – Yes, I conduct ash interment and scattering services.
CORPORATE CLIENTS - Yes, I do Memorial Services for businesses.Holding a Memorial Service for a work colleague is an important part of the grief and support services for team members. Proactive HR Managers know and understand this is a valuable add-on to EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs).
TRAVEL - Yes I travel for remote and highly personalised services or I will help find a Funeral Celebrant for you - simply give me a call.
ORIGINAL POETRY - I can write an original poem for your loved one - see samples CLAIRE'S JOURNEY and THE FARMER, included below.
CHAPEL and CHURCH VENUES - Yes, with permission of Church Elders, I have conducted services in the Catholic Church and other chapels
Funeral Celebrants Association Australia Founding Member and Public Officer
Member of NSW Cemeteries and Crematoria Community Consultative Committee (2016- 2019)
Joy, if there was a scoring system for a wonderful farewell, I would give you 10 out of 10 for a wonderful memorial service for Helen. It was above and beyond expectations. You did an amazing job coordinating the service and suggesting a wonderful location. I am sure Helen would have loved the tributes. Thank you so much. ~ Angela
I cannot thank you enough, Joy, for the way you conducted the service plus your preparation and visit with us beforehand. You did everything with great care and respect. I am sure some would have thought that you had known Mum for years. This is what most people, I would imagine, are looking for in a Celebrant. ~ Alicia
Thank you so much for the beautiful service you gave for our Mum. You certainly gave it all the right touches. We got so many comments from others praising you and the service overall. I'm sure it would have been just as Mum wanted. Also, we would just like to say what a very thoughtful lady you are. Thank you for the little extras you did for us, including the photos. ~ Grainger family
My life’s been long and joyous in so many ways
I loved my Noel dearly and long for some 69 years and days
Together with Noel, our family grew by two
The sons we so loved, you know we dearly treasured you.
The world was our oyster, we dined out quite a lot
And travelled and journeyed from spot to spot.
There were colourful times, many parties and BBQs
I loved my earthly time and the company of you.
Yes, I was independent, some may even say strong willed
There wasn’t time to be downhearted, nor troubled, nor ill.
I cleaned and I sewed and I cooked and I shopped,
Keep busy was my motto, don’t stand in one spot.
From my heart I now say,
dust yourself off,
it’s your time to journey, I’ve had my lot.
I may now be gone, but oh it was a treasured life
Thank you may family, you were my greatest loves and delights!
Quietly, he said goodbye
A charmed and gentle man,
Loving husband, father, brother and friend.
He walked many days upon farming land
Feeling most at home with a glowing farmer’s tan.
His humour was renown
His wit was quick
some even called him
King of country slap stick.
He tended his land with passion and pride
He especially loved animals
And creatures of all kind.
His family was his pride and joy
Loving Dad to charming two girls and a strapping boy.
He shared his bushcraft
And love of the land
And encouraged his family
To be the best that they can.
When times were tough he sheltered his clan
Instilling the virtues of giving
Being humble and resourceful
And respecting their precious land.
When he grew tired
He gathered his loved ones near
And said go forth, be happy
be healthy; live without fear.
His spirit will always live on
In generations of tomorrow -
So, let your memories most precious
shine through your sorrow.