Fabulous Farewells

Based in Freshwater on Sydney's Northern Beaches, I specialise in uplifting send-offs and celebrations of life.  With a positive outlook, my preference is to focus on the joy that a loved one has brought to their family and friends, rather than conduct a sombre, stuffy and impersonal funeral ceremony.  ​

With extensive training and years of experience, I've helped families all over Sydney honour their loved ones with respectful and heartfelt funeral and memorial services.

Making things easier

 

For most people organising a funeral ceremony is unfamiliar territory. Caring and easy-going, I am a helpful and supportive presence during this difficult time, and will guide you through every step of the process.
 

How I help

 

Warm and engaging, I am a confident public speaker and approach every funeral I conduct with compassion, professionalism and dedication.

 

I will put together the ceremony from start to finish and can assist with:

  • music ideas

  • poems and readings

  • tips for writing the eulogy
     

I work independently which means that if you have already chosen a funeral home, instead of them nominating a celebrant you may engage my services directly.

I have worked with the following funeral homes: Ann Wilson, White Lady, Walter Carter, Gregory & Carr, Peninsula, Maurer, Simplicity, Guardian, Albert and Meyer, Penrose and Manning.

Fee

 

My fee is $650 for a funeral ceremony or memorial service.  If you require a PA system it is an additional $100.

Testimonials

SAM'S FUNERAL

“We could not have asked for a more perfect, dignified, informative, humorous and spiritual farewell. It was amazing how you managed to capture so much information, memories and stories in just one meeting. Your calm helpfulness before and after the funeral ceremony was sensitive and discerning, and assured us that this ceremony would be exactly what Sam would have wanted. Thank you from all the family.”  Robin

 

"Thanks again Vanessa for your compassionate and dignified handling of Dad’s service. Your kind words celebrated Dad’s life just as we all remembered it, while also adding some genuinely uplifting moments to the ceremony. Your help and guidance leading up to, and throughout the day, eased the burden of what could have been an overwhelming occasion." Jackson

 

“Every single second of the ceremony was perfect, and exactly what Sam would have loved.”  Mercedes

 

“I don’t think I will ever go to a funeral as… I don’t know what the right word is…easy, relaxed, seamless and so totally right for the person. I know Sam would have approved.”  Steve

 

STEVE'S MEMORIAL

"Thank you so much for guiding all of us through Steve’s celebration on Saturday, you were amazing!" Jenny

 

JESSIE'S FUNERAL

"Vanessa, you gave us the support we needed and our beautiful mum the respectful send off she deserved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Xx" Elle

 

COL'S FUNERAL

"Words cannot express how much we appreciate your involvement in our dad's farewell last Friday. You totally captured his essence and our feelings. From the moment you met we felt you were part of the family and indeed many who attended last Friday thought so as well. Our sincerest thanks." Margaret

 

FRANK'S FUNERAL

"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all that you did for myself and my family. As you know, this is often a very hard time, and your compassion and guidance went a long way in easing what was an otherwise very difficult day. The service and the words and poem you chose were perfect." Mike

 

DAVID'S FUNERAL

"You did an amazing job today and we can't thank you enough." Simone

 

JANICE'S FUNERAL

"A friend recommended you to us, and we were so happy with your services. You were so easy to deal with, and very efficient, and we can't thank you enough for giving mum such a lovely send-off.  Thank you so very much". Layla 

 

BETTY'S FUNERAL

"A big thank you from Elisabeth and I for the wonderful job you did at mum’s service on Friday. We were very happy with the communication from the outset. The couple of hours spent at my sister’s house where you keenly listened to the information provided, the thoughtful words you constructed and the delivery on the day all contributed to a most successful outcome." Deborah

 

TREVOR'S FUNERAL

"Just wanted to thank you for being the celebrant for dad's funeral earlier this month. We were very happy with what you said and how it was delivered and everyone commented on how beautiful and loving the funeral was. So thank you 😊." Margaret, Stuart and Simone

 

LES'S FUNERAL

"Urs and I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful service you gave for our lovely Les.  It was just perfect. It was just so special and appropriate for him - we couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you for all the thought and concern that you gave us before and during the funeral service." Goldie and Urs

 

JO-ANN'S FUNERAL

"Just a note to say a very big thank you for your beautiful presence and speech at the ceremony for Jo-ann last Sunday. Your very kind words were touching to everyone at the ceremony and I'm sure that Jo-ann would have been most pleased as well. Plus everything else that you did for us at this trying time in our lives, you made it so much better." Stephen, Jamie, Ryan and John.

 

JUNE'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE

"Thank you again for your help and guidance yesterday, you made a difficult time a lot easier to to deal with." Andy