Hello, my name is Chris Dunn. I live on the Sunshine Coast with my children, parents and a variety of pets. After living with cancer for the past ten years and planning my own funeral I got excited when I discovered all of the choices available for a meaningful farewell.
Mother Cancer Survivor Teacher
I want my funeral to be held at a location that I visit regularly and is very special to me. I want my family and friends to participate in decorating my coffin with photos and memorabilia and share the stories that go with them. Last but not least I want my daughters to release butterflies to signify my spirit leaving my bodily cocoon.
Throughout the cycle of life we are challenged to grieve and let go. Now I am in remission I want to help others and enable them to have a funeral or memorial worthy of the person being honoured - an accurate, personal and entirely relevant ceremony celebrating their life.
June 2008 – Sunshine Coast
We have had the pleasure of Chris Dunn addressing our Voluntary Euthanasia of Queensland – Sunshine Coast monthly meeting and also our support group. Chris, who is young and vibrant, takes a very serious subject and presents it in a light hearted manner. This allows people to interact with her and ask the questions they want to know but didn’t know how to find out.
Her presentation encourages people to plan ahead to make the passing of a dear one really a ‘celebration of their life’ together with expressing their grief. She gives us alternatives and this enables people to avoid being locked into the rigid formality that is usual when an undertaker is in control.
We recommend Chris to anyone who might need her services. One of our members had this experience shortly after our meeting with Chris and was grateful for her "Farewells-with-flair" alternative.
March 2009 - Clear Mountain
My mother Gloria Dow (ne Ellem) passed away on 25 February 2008 after a long battle with mesothelioma. During her illness she met Chris Dunn (Farewells with Flair) at an information workshop held at Bloomhhill on the Sunshine Coast. I recall my mother's comments during a phone conversation that evening and she shared with me what a positive and uplifting experience it was to meet and listen to Chris.
From this meeting a friendship developed between Chris and my mother and as mum's time grew nearer, Mum sought out Chris asked to help her plan her farewell ceremony.
I cannot place a measure on the amount of gratitude my family and I feel toward Chris for her support - not only before mum passed away but for the love and support she continues to provide more than twelve months after her death. My mother was able to approach death with an inner strength which I still to this day find profound - and I know her strength came in no small part for the support she received from amazing people like Chris Dunn. The love and passion and personal experience Chris brings to her role as consultant and advisor to people with cancer and the commitment she makes to the families and clients is to be commended.
I for one think of Chris as a friend and wish her every success in her continued endeavors to support families during what can be one of the most trying times of their lives.