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And I being here have been part of all this.
Caught & thrown like sun on water.
Have entered into all around me.
 



- tom perkins, a norfolk songline

Giving the process of dying and death the respect it deserves is one of the greatest honours I experience as a Celebrant.

I discovered my comfort with death in my teens, when all of my grandparents passed away within a 6 year period. While they were dying, I talked with them for hours, read them poetry, reflected on their lives and legacies.

I now know that being with those who are actively navigating this rite of passage is a huge part of my purpose here on earth. I see both life and death as a ceremony - we move through too many rites of passage that go unmarked in our modern culture. Death, as our last right of passage, should be honoured as such.

Funeral ceremonies are an equally important part of the process - an extension of the act of dying and an opportunity to acknowledge the rite of passage, particularly if a person's death was sudden or unexpected. 






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I have completed both the Deathwalker and Ceremony Masterclass training with Zenith Virago, the founder, EO and Deathwalker Trainer for the Natural Death Care Centre.

Zenith is a highly respected celebrant and elder in the Byron Bay community. I am also trained annually by experienced funeral celebrants from across Australia at The Celebrant Society  conference. 


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My vision for Ceremona centres around creating beautiful, holistic funeral ceremonies. Death is humanity's most sacred rite of passage and a funeral that reflects the way a life was lived can help begin the healing journey for those left behind. I hope that my gentle, reassuring and kind approach helps support the funeral planning process. 

Dying and death are our last rites of passage in this life and should be honoured with reverence. I believe that our society has a lot of growth to do so that we can see the sacredness in death and not pass up the opportunity to die well, with presence and in ceremony. 

Funerals should be the same - both in honour of the person who has died and for those that remain. I am here for all of it - to journey with the dying and beside them in ceremony - and to honour those who have passed with a funeral that is worthy of the life they lived and the love they gave and received. 

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If you have found your way to this site, I hold a gentle space in my heart for you. I am here to help you and your family experience death differently. If you feel like Ceremona resonates with you, please get in touch via the contact form below. I will set up a phone call with you immediately and we can begin our work together.   

For those who are dying, our work may include sitting in sacred ceremony together, being present for and in a state of flow during your movement through this rite of passage. We can also prepare for your funeral. For loved ones of someone who has recently died, I can assist with any stage of the funeral planning process in addition to handcrafting the ceremony - whether or not you have already been in contact with a funeral director.  

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We have entered a new age in our collective consciousness where death can be honoured as the profound rite of passage that it is. When are open to perceiving death in a new way, we allow ourselves the opportunity to experience acceptance, surrender and wholeness like never before. We, as a community, are empowered to change the end of life narrative. To hold this precious time, both before and after death, up as sacred and revered. Together we can redefine this part of life which has been kept hidden from us for too long.

A NEW WAY

- Washington Irving

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."

- Mary Elizabeth Frye

"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die."

- Emmanuel, from "Emmanuel's Book" by Pat Rodegast

"Death is like taking off a tight shoe."

- Ram Dass

“Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.”


- Edgar Allan Poe

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

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