Funerals, A-wakes


When someone close to your heart dies, it feels like a piece of you goes with them. Your grief makes the idea of planning the funeral service to honour their life so overwhelming.

A funeral doesn’t have to be a sombre, depressing recitation of dates and events. It can be a true celebration, full of warmth, honesty and a few smiles and tears.

As your funeral celebrant, I hope to lighten your load in this time of heart break and grief. With compassion and empathy, I take the time to get to know you, to hear your stories and get a sense of the one who has passed. Together, we can create something truly meaningful which captures and honours the life and spirit of your loved one.

I can guide you through a selection of readings, poems and prayers, write or assist with writing a beautiful, honest and smile inducing reflection of life (eulogy) and present it all with warmth, sensitivity and a touch of humour.


What’s an A-Wake?

Think of an A-Wake as the funeral you have before you die. It’s the chance to celebrate your life, love and friendships, to say “Thank you” and ‘Goodbye”. It’s the party of your life, and you get to be there, to hear all of the fabulous things people think and feel about you. It’s a time to share in the crazy stories of youth and disgraceful middle age, to celebrate your life with your friends and family before you die.

How many times have you been to a funeral and thought ‘He would’ve loved that!’ How many times have you been to the wake, shared the stories, tears and laughter and thought ‘She always loved a good party. If only she could enjoy this with us!’ Well, why not?

If you have the chance to prepare for your passing, you can definitely plan an amazing farewell bash where all of the elements of a great funeral and wake are present. And best of all, you get to enjoy it.

How does it work? Basically, I come and share a cuppa or three and get to know you. We talk. A lot. And I get to know what’s important to you. Like your favourite footy team or your best guitar. Like how it felt when you held your love in your arms for the first time. You tell me about your adventures and misadventures, your successes and life changing realisations. We write your story the way you want it told. You choose moments to share,  the music, the sandwich fillings. You get to hold the microphone (if that’s your thing) and thank the people who have helped you in life, tell some ripper stories, maybe share some of life’s hard earned wisdom with the younger ones who still think they’ll live forever.

In this situation, anything goes! It’s your party, your way, right down to what colour you want the balloons. Or no balloons….

So let’s do it! Let’s plan the party of your life!