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 FAQs


How is a Celebrant Ceremony unique?

Each ceremony is personal, reflecting the personality and lifestyle of the life lived.  A Celebrant certified by Insight Institute will take the time to understand the family’s beliefs and values and what makes their ceremony unique.

In a Celebrant ceremony, the family is empowered. Nothing is imposed on them. Instead, in a collaborative process, the Celebrant will guide them in choosing the components (readings, music, etc.) to fulfill their vision for the ceremony. No two Celebrant ceremonies are the same.

Celebrants are also experienced in the art of public speaking.


Who should choose a Funeral Celebrant?

Families who choose a celebrant for their loved one's funeral include those who are secular, religious, spiritual, non-denominational, part of an interfaith couple, or those who simply wish to create a service that is tailor-made to suit the personality and lifestyle of their family member.

  
Why use ceremony to mark a loved one's death?
There is a deep human need to find some sort of stability in the ever-changing state of life.  Since the beginning of time, humans have used ceremony to mark the end of a life that was lived and to create a space to express their thoughts and feelings safely.  Depending on the time and place, there are a variety of different ways to create such places, but almost all will have one thing in common: people coming together to say goodbye and remember a life no longer with us and to begin the process of grieving together.

Ceremony provides the occasion for family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to come together. It can begin the healing that needs to occur. 

"We need rituals at many times, whether for healing or transformation, 
celebration or mourning. To learn to create our own is to empower 
ourselves, and this can enrich our lives immeasurably."  
(Juliet Batten, Author)


What do Celebrant Services include?

  • A 1-2 hour meeting to discuss the family's vision for the ceremony

  • Listening and taking notes of the family's memories and stories of the loved one

  • Consulting with the family until the ceremony suits their wishes

  • Research for specific readings, music and fitting rituals

  • Design, plan and write the ceremony

  • Compose a personal and inspirational eulogy/closing reflections if desired

  • Coordinate and support the efforts of family members and friends who wish to deliver tributes

  • Liaise with funeral directors or facility planners regarding ceremony details, as required

  • Conducting the service according to the family's wishes

  • Provide the family an electronic copy of the ceremony


In what locations do you serve?
I am located in Milton, Ontario and am available to work with families in the Greater Toronto Area.  Please contact me to discuss your location requirements.  (Additional travel fees may apply.)
  

What is the cost for your services?
Every family I work with has different needs and requests.  I am happy to discuss my fees with you during our initial consultation.  Most funeral homes have an established fee guideline for the services of a funeral officiant within which I am happy to work.