No-one wants to think about the sadness of losing a family member or a much loved friend but inevitably, sooner or later, we all do.
My name is Elaine Searle and as a family, all of life celebrant, or officiant, since 2004, my main focus is to provide the best possible service to the family and friends of the deceased. This is done by talking to the family and, with their guidance, writing and conducting a respectful, personal funeral or memorial ceremony.
I live on Sydney's northern beaches and conduct funeral services throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Most funerals are conducted at chapels in Memorial Parks and Crematoria, and I conduct services at at Macquarie Park , Northern Suburbs, Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery , Castlebrook, Rouse Hill , Rookwood, Eastern Suburbs , Forest Lawn,Leppington, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and other Sydney locations. Many funeral directors have lovely chapels where the service may be held.
I conduct funerals in co-operation with many funeral directors, including: Ann Wilson Funerals, White Lady Funerals , Gregory and Carr, Hamilton Family Funerals, Maurer Family Funerals, and of course, many other funeral directors as chosen by the family. I have also conducted funeral services in the Nurses War Memorial Chapel at Little Bay and the chapel in the Anzac Village at Narrabeen RSL Anzac Village. Many families contact me directly and then I will work in collaboration with the funeral director which they have chosen.
A memorial service following some time after the deceased has been cremated can be a possibility, especially if not all family members are able to be present at the time of the loss. This may be held in a place which was special to the deceased or of course in any venue of your choosing. (Some suggestions may be found on my LINKS page.)
A personal funeral, celebration of a life, or memorial ceremony can be a fitting tribute to the one who has passed away by remembering, acknowledging and celebrating their life and achievements and grieving their passing. It will also provide comfort to those who are bereaved by giving them a time and safe space to acknowledge their grief and loss.An appropriate and personal service can be a comfort and consolation and an important step in the grieving process.
I can meet with you and, with your knowledge of the deceased, write and conduct a ceremony that meets your needs and reflects the attributes of the one whom you have lost. I am happy to come to your home to discuss your wishes for the funeral. If you wish, I will write the eulogy based on the information you give me at this meeting. I encourage family and friends to be included in the service by reading poems, readings or tributes. I can help choose music and readings for the service and am open to accommodating special requests that honour the deceased. Many families find comfort by including in the service personal items which symbolise significant facets of their life and interests.You may contact me directly by phoning 02 9979 2315 or 0402810062, or email to email@example.com or ask your funeral director to contact me.
You may wish to visit my LINKS page for information about funerals and grief Elaine Searle's Links & Resources
I welcome your contact by phone or email to discuss how we can make the service for your loved one personal and meaningful.
B.A. Dip. Ed., J.P., C.M.C.
Funeral Celebrant ,
Celebrations of a Life, Memorials
mob 0402 810 062
landline 02 9979 2315
Professional AssociationsI am a founding member the Funeral Celebrants Association Australia Incorp. an association which aims to ensure a high and consistent standard of funeral celebrancy in Australia.
I am also a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants.
Go to my blog, "A Personal Funeral", for more information and items of interest when you are planning a funeral. A Personal Funeral blog by Elaine Searle
Elaine Searle, 5 Streamdale Grove, Warriewood 2102
Phone or fax 02 9979 2315 or 0402810062
WHY DO WE HAVE FUNERALS?
Sometimes we ask ourselves, why have a funeral? The person who has passed away has gone and having a funeral cannot change that. In all societies and at all times, people have needed the opportunity to mark the passing of people who were important to them.
A funeral helps in many ways. The planning and attending a funeral service provides:
To contact me: phone 02 9979 2315, mob. 0402 810 062,
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