Celebrant, Rod Schafferius
Saying farewell to our loved ones is perhaps the most important event in life in regard to family coming together and paying their respects. We only have one opportunity to say farewell and do it well.
Listening and communicating has always been one of my strengths, and I have the ability to build strong connections and relationships with people. I have had extensive experience and understanding of Indigenous and cultural events and will always ensure services are conducted in accordance with traditions, customs and rituals.
If you are planning a funeral, memorial service or giving a loved one their final farewell, I can, in conjunction with the funeral director, guide you, support you and deliver a service befitting the occasion.
When it comes to those special needs at the time of the most important moments in life, talk to me….. I will dedicate my time, expertise and guidance to provide you with an event to remember.
I would like to thank you for your presentation and help for Bill’s funeral. I appreciated the way in which you stood back and let the boys pour out their emotions, and in doing so it helped me.
It was special to see his boys and grandsons carrying his coffin to the car and be driven off.
Knowing that there are sad times ahead for me for awhile, I am grateful that I have family and good friends around me. Thank you for all that you have done.
Helen and family
On behalf of Ben, Aidan and myself, I wish to convey our deepest gratitude for the way you conducted her service today.
You treated Lucy with so much dignity and respect.
I will always be grateful for your efforts today, the days already past and the days ahead.
May you truly be blessed.
Thank you again.
Choosing A Funeral Celebrant
Celebrant, Anna Heriot.
Anna will listen carefully and work with you to create an occasion to celebrate the unique journey of your special someone, personally guiding you through the process to create the ceremony that is right for you.
Her Background and Process
From the traditional rituals of her country childhood, to travel, study and work with many different cultures, Anna skillfully blends traditions with modern life to honour your beloved one. She meets with you, family and friends, to hear what you want and respond with reflections, information and insights that assist you. You and all who grieve with you, can know you have done them proud, honoured their life with all the ups and downs of their living, and sent them on their way well.
When Planning Your Own Funeral
Anna will meet you to create the ceremony together, perhaps including family and friends, and then conduct the ceremony. You can be confident you are ‘leaving the place tidy’, sharing your life stories, and leaving special messages, passing on something of the wisdom of the mysteries of living and dying to comfort those who are left behind and those who are next in line.
If There Is To Be No Formal Funeral
Should your loved one direct that there shall be no funeral, for whatever reason, you can meet with Anna to design and deliver a memorial gathering in a place and at a time that suits you. It may be an anniversary, or the scattering of the ashes in a special place. You can include your children and grandchildren, family and friends, thereby honouring your loved one in your own way and comforting each other as you come to terms with the world without them.
“Anna has a presence that is both calming and guiding. Although we had a firm belief of how we wanted to celebrate Mum’s life, Anna had considerations and suggestions that both complemented and completed the day. Anna made sure that Mum, her family and friends were not just part of a process.”
“It helped me enormously to be able to focus on Anna and her clear voice and to really listen to the words. I already knew what to expect, and that was calming. Everyone said how well she did and how meaningful it was – just the right amount of ceremony and light heartedness.”
Anna turned up and made it happen. We needed a leader at that stage and she was the leader. We very much needed a leader, a coordinator to pull it all together. It was healing. A sense of completion brought everything together.”
Choosing A Funeral Celebrant