Funeral Ceremonies - Joyce Mathers Celebrant

F uneral Ceremonies

Funeral Ceremonies and Celebration of Life Ceremonies

The prospect of losing a loved one is something we never want to think about. However, sooner or later we, inevitably, find ourselves in that situation. And when that time comes, it helps to call on a calm and composed Celebrant with the empathy and experience to support and guide you through the process of saying goodbye.

Funeral ceremonies are not only comforting and consoling to families, they are also an important step in the grieving process. With your input, I will create a fitting memorial to your loved one; a beautiful ritual that both grieves their passing and celebrates their life.

A Fitting Memorial for Your Loved One

In saying their farewells, some families find comfort by including of personal items that symbolise significant interests or events in their loved-one’s life in their funeral ceremonies.

Some also find it fitting to offer homage through poems or readings of significance.

You may find this Funeral Planning Worksheet helpful in determining what is right for you and your family.

If it will help, I am also happy to lend my experience in writing of a eulogy. I can also help you choose appropriate music and readings for the ceremony and I will accommodate any special requests that honour your loved one's memory.

I promise funeral ceremonies that are:

  • appropriate and personal,
  • comforting and consoling,
  • respectful of your wishes, values, and traditions,
  • a fitting tribute to your loved one.

However you choose to farewell your loved one, you can be assured that I will help you celebrate their life in a loving and heartfelt ceremony that is as unique and individual as your loved-one was.

The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops and yet it echoes on in sweet refrain.
For every joy that passes something beautiful remains.   (Anon)

If you are looking for a calm, composed, and caring Celebrant with the empathy and experience to deliver beautiful, loving and life-affirming Funeral Ceremonies then, perhaps, we should chat …

What My Clients Have To Say

My promise to you is a magical, meaningful and memorable experience for both you and your guests, whatever the occasion. But don’t just take my word for it; please read what my past clients have to say about me and how I live up to my promise.


Suited him well

Thank you for such a lovely service for our brother Grant. It wasn't sad which was really nice and it highlighted his love of fishing. It suited him so well.

I had a friend say it was the happiest funeral she had ever attended, she said she left feeling uplifted not down. That's what Grant would have wanted.

Many thanks again, your efforts were very much appreciated.


You actually took them on Mum's journey!

Joyce, thank you so much for delivering a beautiful service for Mum yesterday. It really was beautiful. Many people after the service commented how beautiful it was and also commented on your delivery of the service. Most said how much you actually took them on Mum's journey and they felt they lived it. You did an excellent job and I am so very thankful you were the chosen one.

I will certainly keep your details for any future celebrant needs I require and wouldn't hesitate in recommending you in the future.

Again, thank you so much Joyce for your help and support during this difficult time. I know Mum would've approved and loved you for helping her 3 girls.

Liz O'Neill

Thank You For Your Compassionate Delivery

Joyce, reflecting on yesterday, I just wanted to say thank you for your compassionate delivery. The day was difficult for us but your presence made it just that little bit easier.

I spoke to a lot of people at Dad's wake and they all commented on how impressed they were with you and Suzie. I just wanted you to know.

Leanne May

It Was a Beautiful Send Off

Thank you for doing such an amazing job as celebrant at my brothers funeral.

In this difficult time you helped make the funeral service as stress free as possible, listened to and accommodated our various requests and were considerate all the way. It was a beautiful send off and thanks for the huge role you played in tying it all together.

Adrian Noetzli

It was just perfect for mum

I would like to extend my sincere thanks for the beautiful funeral service you gave my mum Dorothea Dawson.

I received numerous comments from those who attended. You certainly made an impression and won some hearts with your opening and closing message and lovely serene voice. It was just perfect for mum and I am sure she would have loved it. Again a sincere thank you.

Carolyn Wesley

So many commented on your excellent service Joyce.

Just a word of heart felt thanks for the beautiful ceremony for our Dad.

Your research, attention to detail and taking the time to get to know Dad, meant it was so personal for us. So many commented on your excellent service Joyce.

With all my heart, Thank you

Fiona Cooper

You made it very personal and friendly

A big thank you for a wonderful job!

I realise you must do a number of these events but you still managed to make it very personal and friendly.

I know Harry, Paul and Karen were very pleased with how it all went and a large part was down to you, so again thank you.

Kay Radley

Heartfelt and sincere

Joyce, thank you so much for the beautiful presentation you gave Mum today.

Heartfelt and sincere, your way made today a little easier to get through...hopefully the days ahead for us will get a little brighter than they have been the past few weeks.

Once again thank you for your support.

Love Dana, Darren, Teliya & Nash

Dana Attewell-Tomson

Your words, manner, and presence set the right tone

On behalf of all the family I would just like to thank you for the way you lead the ceremony to commemorate our Mother’s life.

Your words, your quiet warm manner and your presence set the right tone for everyone present to reflect on what she meant to us all, to commemorate her life and say our prayers for her final voyage.

You have helped us all through this difficult time .

Jan and I particularly appreciate your assistance.

Geoff Barrow

Joyce, you are a beautiful lady

I just want to thank you from all of us for the beautiful ceremony that you gave us and Nan. She would have been so happy and you delivered it with such grace and love. We actually would not have gotten through the day without you so thank you thank you thank you 🙂 I also received your beautiful card which will be cherished.

Thank you again Joyce, you are a beautiful lady!

Liesa Gibbs
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