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Creating the Ceremony

Planning the funeral or memorial service for a loved one can feel overwhelming.  Even when we believe we are prepared, the reality of losing someone important to us can come as a shock and put tremendous strain on many aspects of our lives.  Sara Brown is there to walk beside you to design a funeral, memorial or graveside service that will honour your family member in a way that reflects their personality and lifestyle and ultimately, help you begin your grief journey in a meaningful way. 

Where To Begin

The process begins with meeting either in the comfort of your home or the funeral home of your choice.  Here together you will discuss your overall vision for your ceremony or celebration.  It is important to use this time so that she may get to know who your loved one was, and what your unique family’s needs are.  The goal is to understand what stories and emotions you want to have present in the service.

Together you will also select poems, readings, music, video tributes, prayers and/or other ceremonies to ensure that your loved one’s life will be honoured in a way that reflects the life they have lived.  Sara is able to make a wide variety of suggestions on the types of components you could include, but ultimately you have full and final approval of your ceremony.  Whether your preference is to include religious or spiritual aspects or none at all, Sara will help put together a service that will truly be unique to your loved one and your family’s needs.  

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Designing the Ceremony

With information from the family meeting, Sara then spends time writing, researching and weaving your memories into a meaningful, one-of-a-kind service. If desired, she will also compose a eulogy that will reflect who your loved one was and what they meant to others, not simply the things they accomplished during their life.

Conducting The Ceremony

As the officiant, Sara’s responsibilities include ensuring the various elements of the service are delivered according to the family's wishes.  She welcomes and encourages participation from loved ones and is happy to coordinate the contributions of those who are interested.  However, if there is no one who desires to speak, she can present the personal reflections that represent your memories and conduct the entire ceremony on her own.

Sara will liaise with your funeral director regarding ceremony details as required as well as provide an electronic copy of the service to you after it has been completed.

Ultimately, Sara’s aim is to help ease the pain of your loss by helping lift the burden of putting together the funeral service.  She will be there to make your final goodbye a truly fitting tribute. 

“As our celebrant, you held a sweet and tender space for us and you were eloquent and heartfelt. Gratitude for really joining us and our community in an important and meaningful ceremony that will all help us move through grief with greater acceptance, peace and love.”
- Suzanne Gibson, daughter