As a funeral celebrant, I can’t take away the pain of saying goodbye to a loved one, but I can help make the process of planning the service a little easier.

It can be an extremely difficult time for family and friends who need to arrange the end-of-life service. Especially when they are grieving their loved one’s death. As a funeral celebrant, I will be with you through this difficult time, with support, understanding, and a caring hand. I will be the funeral professional to help you when and how you need me.

how I can help?
Funeral Celebrant

As a funeral celebrant, I am a qualified funeral professional you can engage to help you design your loved ones’ end-of-life service.

We will plan the order of service, music, photos, and any details you would like to include. I will give you guidance to help write a eulogy or tribute. I will then put everything together to create a meaningful service that honours and celebrates the life of the person who has died.

On the day, I will be the person to conduct and lead the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life memorial service.

I will also be there with you every step of the way supporting you in this very sad and difficult time.

So why select me as your funeral celebrant:

By choosing me as your funeral celebrant you will be able to select how you want to say your goodbyes. You can also feel secure in the fact that you are dealing with a funeral professional as a member of the Funeral Celebrants Association Australia (FCAA).

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do you need both?
Funeral Celebrant and Funeral Director

As a funeral celebrant, my role is different from the role of a funeral director.

Aspects of saying goodbye to your loved one that are better handled by a funeral director are:

  • Making sure all required documentation is completed and registered
  • Making arrangements for the transport and care of your loved one, from their death to the cremation or burial.
  • Making arrangements with cemeteries for scheduling, opening, and closing of facilities and gravesites.
  • Viewings of your loved one

It is best to find a funeral director in the area close to where your loved one is located.

However, when it comes to planning the ceremony, independent funeral celebrants and directors can both help.

To decide if an independent funeral celebrant or funeral director should be planning your funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service, ask questions. Also, make a list of what is important to you and any wishes your loved one had. Make sure you get to meet with both the celebrant and director. Sometimes just a person’s personality can help make planning this very sad event a little easier.

And know that if you choose me as your independent funeral celebrant I will work with your funeral director to create a goodbye for your loved one, that’s all you want it to be.

Why have an
Independent Funeral Celebrant

As an independent funeral celebrant, I do more than just write and conduct the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service. 

I am the funeral professional who will help you through the tough moments of planning your goodbyes for your loved one. Being there to help and support you in any way I can to make this process as easy as possible. I can’t take away the pain or heart ake but I will help make it a little easier to arrange your goodbye.

As an independent full-time celebrant, I am self-employed. This means I can help you create a personalised funeral or memorial that will honour your loved one and am only restricted by any relevant laws. You can have your ceremony at any time, at any location and you will have the flexibility to create a service that celebrates your loved one, the way you want it to be.

I can be booked independently from the funeral home or director you are using but together will make sure your goodbyes are exactly how you want.

How to know if I am the best funeral celebrant for you?

Sometimes knowing if I am the best funeral celebrant for you, is as simple as having a conversation. 

As your funeral celebrant, I will be the one helping you at this very sad time, so you need to feel comfortable with me. I also need to make you feel like some of the weight has been lifted and that your wishes for the service will be fulfilled.

If you would like to discuss your loved one’s service please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you select me as your funeral celebrant.

By selecting me as your funeral celebrant you will have the freedom to plan whatever type of service you want. Whether it be a funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service, I will be able to help.

There are many options and choices for saying goodbye to someone who has died. I will discuss these with you to help narrow down the best and most suitable choices for how you would like to remember your loved one.

By selecting me, as your funeral celebrant, you can add any elements that are important to you into the service, and leave out the ones that are not.

With my experience and knowledge as a funeral professional, I can help you to create a service that is a fitting farewell to your loved one.

Where do I travel to?

I am based at Millthorpe, the heart of Central West NSW, so I’m in the perfect location if you are looking for a funeral celebrant in regional NSW to say goodbye to your loved one.

Some of the areas I cover in Central West NSW include but are not limited to Orange, Bathurst, Millthorpe, Blayney, Cowra, Dubbo, Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Parkes, Forbes, Molong, Oberon, Jenolan, Portland, and Eugowra.

Just let me know where you’re holding your goodbyes and I can be there. Contact me so we can discuss the funeral of your loved one.

Do you want to include religion or spiritual beliefs, Yes or No?

If religion or spiritual beliefs are important to you or your loved one, I am really happy to incorporate elements of these into the service. Or if you are after a non-religious or want a non-traditional service I am the funeral celebrant that can help.

What I can help with.
Independent Funeral Celebrant

A funeral celebrant is a professional whose role is to help you create a service to say goodbye to your loved one. As an independent funeral celebrant, I am also able to help you with other aspects of the day.

I can arrange the items needed for the service. I can also organise and coordinate the event following the service. All this can be done under your direction or I will help connect you with the right caterers, venues, or suppliers.

Some of the services I can help you with are:

Announcement notices to be printed or done vertically

Arrangements with the location or venue

Organising floral arrangements 

Organising music – live or through a PA system

Catering

Printed Order of Service or memorial booklet

Video recording or live streaming for those unable to attend

Photography- to discretely capture the moments you may miss because of your grief

Meetings with the funeral director

Planning the service:

Planning any service to say goodbye to your loved one is not an easy task, especially when you are trying to deal with their passing. I am able to help you arrange and coordinate anything you need assistance with, just take a little of the stress out of the process of planning this event.

I can help take care of as much or as little as you need. I will be there so you won’t need to worry about it.

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funeral celebrant help saying goodbye
funeral celebrant help saying goodbye
funeral celebrant help saying goodbye
What are the steps?
Planning A Service

Once you have selected me as your funeral celebrant, I will arrange to meet with you and any family or friends who wish to be involved in the arranging. We will discuss what you want to be included and most importantly we will discuss your loved one and all the special and treasured memories you have of them.

I will then meet with the funeral home or director so you can be assured that the people looking after your loved ones’ goodbyes are all on the same page with what you want.

I will then take the ideas, wishes and information gathered at our meeting and prepare a ceremony. Ensuring that it reflects how you want your loved one to be remembered and pays tribute to their memory.

Then on the day of the funeral or memorial, I will lead the services. I will also be there to provide you with support.

Most important role I can play as your funeral celebrant:

For me, the most important role I can play as your funeral celebrant is to support, comfort, and give guidance. While helping to create a special service to honour and celebrate the life of the person who has died. I will also be there to help you say your goodbyes.

If you would like to book me as your funeral celebrant please complete the booking request form.