“Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.”
Empowering families to create an authentic and personal funeral for their loved one is something I am completely dedicated to and feel passionate about. The responsibility of planning can be a daunting process, particularly when there are high emotions of grief, shock and vulnerability.
There are many decisions to be made at this time and, often, families feel under pressure or obligated to have the funeral within a few days. Take your time, there is no rush: it is a far healthier outcome when you are supported in creating an authentic ceremony that is truly reflective of your loved one. I will guide you through all the available choices and possibilities, and liaise with you throughout the whole process.
Traditionally you may be encouraged to hold the ceremony at a crematorium's chapel or funeral home; however, you may like to consider a more personal location that reflects your loved ones lifestyle or hobby. Ceremonies can be performed at a local park or beach (with council approval) or you may like to hire a community hall, golf club or have the funeral at home. There is no right or wrong - just whatever feels genuine.
I work closely with family members to hear stories and memories to create a true representation of your loved ones unique gifts and character, to bring together the tapestry of their life. As their biography unfolds a theme develops to shape a beautiful and authentic ceremony. Through discussion we can weave in the participation of family and friends to create something fabulous - and a sense of pride. Not only can this be expressed through words, but honouring your loved one through music, singing, photos and literature can also enhance this sacred rite of passage, to bring a more positive and enriching experience for everyone.
Kathryn was amazing from the beginning of our sad journey. She came and spent time with Mum before her passing and made a difficult and harrowing process so much easier.
She is overwhelmingly kind, compassionate and very knowledgeable.
...The family of Jackie Peat