Choosing a Funeral Celebrant

Celebrant, Rod Schafferius 

I havRod Schafferiuse worked in the Funeral industry since 2000 and have served many families in their time of need in Brisbane Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast and surrounds…

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.


Dear Rod
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.
Murry McCormick

Rod Schafferius – Celebrant

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.

Some Evaluations

“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.”

Anna Heriot Funerals and Memorials

Celebrant, Tammy Bowdern

I offer heartfelt and compassionate Farewell Services for families in their time of need and guide them gently through the process of saying Goodbye.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” 

Tammys Funeral Services



Celebrant, Peter McCarthy




For Assistance In Choosing A Funeral Celebrant Please Call The Swanborough Team On 1800 100 411.