Chris Civil Celebrant
About Me

I am interested in all facets of the funeral industry and have worked for some time at a funeral home. It was there that I was able to watch first hand how a service is conducted and I realised I wanted to directly assist families though the funeral process as a celebrant. I truly feel it is an honour to celebrate the life of your loved one. Of course this is a time of bereavement and grief, but it is also important that this is tempered with the joy of their existence and not solely about sadness and loss. My aim as a celebrant is to create a service that balances these two aspects, so that ultimately, it is a celebration of the gift of life.

After completing an intensive Funeral Celebrant course with acclaimed Silver Celebrants, the first service I wrote and conducted was my cherished mother’s funeral. As you can imagine, this was very difficult, but gave me first hand experience of the

emotional roller coaster that bereavement can be. Having been through this, I have an empathy and vision that cannot be underestimated and sensitivity to the special needs and requirements of people in times of emotional turmoil. I will be able to work with you in a gentle, patient, reassuring manner to give your loved one the beautiful service they deserve.

As a practicing artist (please see the ), I have a strongly developed eye for detail and can create a service presenting your loved one in a full and well rounded way, so that a sense of the whole person is presented, not just a series of dates and facts. It is important to me that the service embodies the nature and personality of the individual and the impact they had on those around them. After my mother’s funeral, I received comments such as, ‘I only met her a few times, but after the service, I really felt like I knew her well...’ and ‘That was the best funeral I’ve ever been to because it was all about her.’ Which is as it should be! Having conducted many funerals since then, I have gained further invaluable experience and can create a service that truly celebrates your special person.

An important thing to note is that I was able to write my mother’s service with her input before she passed away. This certainly made it much more personal and heartfelt. She even wrote a goodbye letter to be read at the service, which was somewhat unconventional, but so like her. If you are thinking about how you would like your own funeral to be conducted, do please get in contact and we can discuss a completely individual approach to your final celebration.

If you would like to chat, please call me on 0413 274 353 or feel free to me with any queries.

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