Whether totally unforeseen or knowing the inevitable was coming, you find yourself in the grip of grief and loss…......
and now arrangements must be made to say goodbye.
Making preparations for a funeral comes at an immensely sensitive, personal and emotional time which is why finding the right celebrant makes the situation just that little bit easier.
I am comfortable with performing traditional or non-traditional/alternative services and my approach respects your choices and beliefs.
a lil more about my approach and a chance to hear my irish accent
I’ve got your back. Always.
I’ll come to the service prepared so you can relax and be present, safe knowing that the ceremony is in good hands and will be delivered exactly as we discussed in our meeting.
I’m here to guide you, support
you and provide advice but ultimately I’m here to facilitate whatever you want. I'm all about supporting you to make informed decisions that feel right.
I believe in the transformative power of connection. I understand how debilitating grief can be. Even though we will be having difficult conversations, I promise to be empathetic, listen and hold space for you.
I want your person to be appreciated and celebrated for who they were. No matter what their life choices were or how they died, this is a judgement-free zone.
My work has it’s own style
and voice but your loved one's story is what brings it to life. I want to create a ceremony that feels authentic to your person and represents your family.
I know standing up there and having someone reveal intimate details about your family can feel vulnerable. My aim is to build rapport with you because when you trust me, I’ll do my best work for you. I believe in the transformative power of connection.
"Each person's grief is as unique as their fingerprint. What everyone has in common is that they share a need for their grief to be witnessed.
That doesn't mean needing someone to lessen or reframe it. The need is for someone to be fully present to the magnitude of their loss without trying to point out the silver lining."
I'll provide you with my Eulogy Writing Guide that includes
prompt questions to start the process of remembering a life and capturing the important moments.
It will help you to be real and honest about your loved one’s good (and bad) habits.
It's full of practical advice, a sample structure and lots of wording examples to make it easy for you to
get what's in your head, onto the page.
don't be nervous
I've got a soothing Irish accent and a knack for storytelling.
I'll oversee the proceedings of the day with empathy, poise and confidence.
Funerals can feel overwhelming but I'll be your reliable, calm and confident figurehead to guide you both in the planning and with leading up-front on the day.
I understand that not everyone has a good relationship with their family so I try not to make assumptions.
holding space, empowering you
stealing the limelight,
one size fits all approach,
creating unnecessary fuss
Where did you find such a perfect celebrant? did Bev book this lady? Is she related to Bev? And more! Every comment was appreciative and very complimentary. Julie, you gave us such a special day I cannot thank you enough. There was sadness, there was reverence, there was happiness, there was music, and there was remembrance. All beautifully and sincerely conveyed by you to Bev’s family & friends. You are special Julie, your service was special, and your reception by one and all was special.
Need SociAl Proof
Julie I want to thank you for the way you assisted with my fathers funeral.
The day you came to meet him before he passed was a highly emotional and stressful day for us all and you came in and put everyone at ease, especially Dad, you spent time with him and got to know him and came up with ideas for his funeral/service that were totally out of the box and perfectly him!
Thank you for helping us make the day so perfectly about him.
Need SociAl Proof
Julie recently officiated my father's funeral service, at short notice.
Julie listens to the family & wants to know the person to celebrate their life.
She tailored dad's service to reflect his life perfectly. She is not only efficient but supported & guided my family through the process. Julie encouraged us to read our own memories for dad. We were hesitant but she was right & it was so powerful to say our own words. I highly recommend Julie as a celebrant & would definitely use her services again. Hopefully next time, it will be under better circumstances.
Need SociAl Proof
When it comes to celebrating your loved one, you can absolutely make the service your own. It's all in the details.
From the words of friends to the choice of music, every detail will be brimming with warmth and filled with love, leaving no doubt how much your loved one was cherished.
I will write a beautiful ceremony about the person's life infused with a touch of light-heartedness (if that's what you want).
And I'll create a space that allows for both grieving and celebration.
I helped Aileen plan her own funeral, while she was dying of pancreatic cancer. She did a very kind thing for her family by unburdened them of having to make any decisions about the funeral service. It was comforting for them to know that every aspect was exactly how Aileen wanted it. Everything about the service was authentic and undeniably so very Aileen, including the glass of champagne that the guests got on arrival!
The First Phone-Call
Meeting the Family + Navigating Family Dynamics
Working with Funeral Directors
Ceremony Structure + Ritual Elements
Working with Tragic Situations
Creating Orders of Service
The Day of the Ceremony
You want to step into this space. You feel like you've got what it takes. You are compassionate and maybe even have some experience of death and grief yourself BUT a lack of confidence is holding you back and time (or lack of!) is your archenemy.
I've been where you are. I know EXACTLY what it takes to get you ready. No fluff, just exactly what you need to take the leap.
when you do get (the inevitable) call, you'll be fully ready + feeling confident