A memorial is a service that is conducted without the deceasedís body being present
Why you might prefer a memorial service.
Feel free to exercise your own imagination and choose a time and a place that reflects and acknowledges the life of a unique individual.
Restaurant, Riverbank, Local Park
Recently I conducted a lovely memorial service on a riverbank for a lady who had loved living near and watching the river. During the service the deceasedís grandchildren passed around flowers, one for each year of her life, for family and friends to place on the river and watch float away. Afterwards family and friends had a breakfast barbeque and continued to share their memories of this special lady.
2012 - Maroochydore
My journey began when we where told that my Dad's cancer had spread further through his body. Knowing this I knew I needed to explore the options of a farewell. Lucky I found Chris's website and contacted her.
She simply said that she is happy doing what ever we wanted. This was a great relief and very easy with Chris's help. We sat down with Chris and told her what Dad loved in life.
From there we planned his farewell on the beach front at Maroochydore. This was one of his favorite places. We also had a beer poured for him along side his bowls, which he loved playing. With family and friends gathered around Chris carried out the farewell we had planned.
It was such a perfect day on the beach. Our family let Dad go on the waters edge with his ashes in shells. When we returned we finished up by playing his favorite song. I am sure that Dad enjoyed his farewell too! THANKS CHRIS. You made the day very special and we will always remember it..
August 2008 - Melbourne
I found Chris' experience, empathy and understanding to be invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. My late Mother was a spiritual woman, but not a believer in organised religions. Chris helped me find just the right environment for the ceremony, plus her gentle guidance for the content and her calming professional manner all helped to create a unique, poignant, memorable and joyful celebration of my Mother's life. Everyone who attended the ceremony remarked on how perfectly it suited my mother. I recommend Chris to you without reservation.
March 2007 - Maroochydore
Dear Chris, our family would like to thank you for assisting us in arranging a memorial service for our mother who passed away in February 2007. We cannot express how grateful we were to have someone who was so easy to discuss the way we wanted to say goodbye.
You not only incorporated our wishes of having the service beside the Maroochy River at a start time of 7am on a Sunday morning, complete with music, photo board, special words spoken by my brother and uncle, spreading golden gerberas over the water - and in the rain, you also understood some members of the family wanted a more traditional approach and dealt with the issue extremely sensitively.
You sat down with us and discussed all different aspects of mum's life so we could make the service personal, so much so the members of our family that wanted the traditional church/chapel service were appreciative we took the memorial approach.
The delivery of the content was done with professionalism and genuine thoughtfulness.
We thank you again for taking some pain out of the day and turning it into a beautiful farewell ceremony for our mother.