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Funeral arranger and life celebration specialist, Terry Ryan.

Terry has been an Authorised Civil Celebrant since January 2010 conducting a large number of ceremonies since that time. Throughout his professional life, in both public and community service, he has gained wide ranging experience in dealing with people from all walks of life and in a variety of circumstances. Terry fully understands that at the time of the loss of a loved one there is grief and a sense of loss, however there is also a desire to celebrate that life. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

With a visit to you in the comfort of your own home or at one of our conveniently located offices, Terry will work through the process of creating a ceremony which truly reflects and celebrates the life of your loved one. Terry is happy to include ritual and cultural traditions as well as work alongside Ministers, RSL Representatives and other Associations as requested. You will find Terry to be very approachable, a good listener and extremely reliable.

With Terry’s experienced guidance you can be confident that your loved one’s ceremony will be conducted with dignity and grace.

To book Terry’s services simply contact Swanborough Funerals on 1800 100 411



“Thank you for your wonderful contribution to dad’s funeral. We were so grateful to you for the way you put all our information into a thoughtful overview of dad’s life. It was compassionate as well as insightful and just the right amount of humour. Especially liked the bit about Qld. Health and the hospital bed. We all felt you knew us if only for a little while.”
Margaret – June 2015

“We were very happy with the service you arranged for Dad and we would like to thank you for taking the time to speak to us all and listen to us tell endless Dad stories.Dad would have loved his send off and is probably quite looking forward to a second one back in NZ in a few weeks!”- Ann and Graeme, December 2014



Funeral Celebrant, Christian Aquilina

As a charismatic young male celebrant Christian offers a new uplifting personalised approach to funeral ceremonies with his ‘from the heart’ service delivery.

In preparation of each funeral, Christian meets with the family and friends a few days prior. In the comfort of their family home or a location best suited, he achieves an honest feel and understanding for the loved one who’s passed. Christian listens to the stories of their life to be retold as part of a unique ceremony.

Christian is able to work with any spiritual, cultural, religious, or personal requirements and is passionate about creating a memorable experience with each ceremony he delivers.

Christian believes; “Every funeral ceremony is a true reflection of the uniqueness of the person who the service is in tribute of.”

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest times in our life. Christian’s passion for creating uplifting ceremonies in celebration of each life shines through in every service he delivers.

To book Christian for a funeral contact Swanborough Funerals on 1800 100 411.



Hi Christian
Thank you from all the family for the service yesterday. You did a wonderful job sharing his stories and making it personal to him and a true celebration of Dad’s life.

Many thanks

Hi Christian

I didn’t have the opportunity on Monday morning to thank you properly for the job you did at our son’s funeral. I know it was non-conventional. We can’t thank you enough for making the day special for us and something that we will remember forever.
Thanks again.

Hi Christian,

We just want to say thank you for the beautiful service on Friday for Dad. We didn’t get a chance to say thank you on the day.