Photography at funerals

We often associate photographers with capturing those milestones in life that are often linked with love and happiness - weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, get togethers, etc. It may be worth remembering that funerals are also important life event.   Death IS a big...

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Funerals without hugs

Coronavirus has certainly turned our world upside down in more ways we could ever have imagined. One of those unforeseen ways has been the introduction of restrictions that now only permit 10 people to attend funerals. For hundreds of years, across all traditions and...

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Doing Death Differently

People are often surprised to learn that this is a face, in an industry that most people hope they won't need - but unfortunately we will all need to call upon it one day - the funeral industry. Over the last 5 years, I have watched as the funeral industry slowly...

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Handmade porcelain cremation urns

Having recently experienced a death in our family, I discovered personally, when a loved one is cremated, there are countless options to hold cremated remains. Some families may scatter them, some may bury them, some may have them made into jewellery and some may...

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The changing face of Celebrancy

Almost 10 years ago when I became a celebrant, the industry looked very different to how it is today. Many celebrants were doing this job in their retirement, as a hobby, or as an act of community service. I knew I wanted something more.  I wanted to be different and...

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Week

  "A person is a person no matter how small" - Dr Suess This week is baby loss awareness week (9th – 15th October).  Baby Loss awareness week is held across the world for parents, friends and family to acknowledge and remember all the little babies who have died...

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Mums – get in the photos!

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”  Dr Suess   As a funeral celebrant, last week I conducted the funeral of a 44 year old wife and mother of 4 kids who sadly died much too soon. During her beautiful service, we played...

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Melbourne Writers Festival – A matter of life and death

Last weekend I was invited by the Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 to appear in two shows in this years programme. The theme of this years festival was "A matter of life and death" and the programme included a wide variety of topics including Magda Szubanski attending...

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How to decide on music for a funeral service (Part 1)

Music plays a very important part of a funeral service.  It can be very emotive and it usually helps to set the tone of the ceremony. There are no right or wrong music choices  - even if you think its not appropriate for a funeral, if it represents your loved one,...

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3 years and counting…….

Today marks 3 years since I conducted my first funeral.  I will always remember it as it was for a little beautiful baby girl who was born sleeping. What an incredible 3 years it’s been.  I never imagined when I became a celebrant, that this career would take me on...

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What role does a funeral celebrant play?

Organising a funeral service may be a very difficult and daunting task.  You will want to be reassured that you are supported by the best team available, to create a fitting farewell for your loved one. Until you are faced with the difficult task of organising a...

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Children & Funerals

Working with families at the time of a loved ones death, one the of the most common questions I am asked “ Should I take my children to the funeral?”. The decision to take children to a funeral is an extremely personal one and can be a very difficult decision to make....

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What growing up in Ireland taught me about death

When I tell people I am a funeral celebrant, they often say “I don’t know how you do it”.



My ability to be a funeral celebrant is built on dealing with death from such a young age. Growing up in Ireland, I have been surrounded by the traditions and customs regarding death and funerals all my life.

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Making a Difference

Six babies are stillborn in Australia every day.   And when a family are facing the unimaginable, a Heartfelt Volunteer is available to take lasting photographic memories of their beautiful baby. I have seen first hand, how these photographs can help them through the...

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Alternative Funeral venues around Melbourne

It is not always possible to honour the life of a loved one in an hour time slot. Many people do not realise that there are alternative options to farewelling a loved one that it does not have to be a chapel at a cementery or a Funeral Director's chapel. Melbourne...

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