ABOUT KATIE BLANCHFLOWER - THE FUNERAL CELEBRANT
Katie will guide you through the process of arranging the funeral ceremony, support you compassionately and help you to choose personal elements for the funeral or memorial service of your loved one.
It is common that when you lose a loved one you may not be able to speak, or even clearly think about the things that help create a personalised service for them. You are often in a state of shock, but also being asked to plan and prepare a funeral service for them. You will find that Katie is the supportive Funeral Celebrant to guide you in this process.
Some people seek a joyful "celebration of life" funeral ceremony for their loved one and others may want a solemn and melancholic funeral ceremony. It's your decision, but guided by Katie's experience and professionalism. Katie will help you to create the order of service, guide you in readings, words of meaning and even assist you to create a photo/video tribute to be used at the service.
Guidance and support are fundamental to what Katie offers as your Funeral Celebrant.
For example: In 2020, during an already difficult year for so many people, Mark (partner), Robert and Andrew (sons) and their family lost their matriarch - Margaret. Katie offered guidance and support to them as they planned a meaningful funeral service. Katie was Robert's Marriage Celebrant (a couple of years earlier), and so had the privilege of meeting Margaret before she fell ill, and they instantly got along. Margaret was a very warm person who was special to so many people. Friends were both inside and outside the Hillside Chapel on the day of Margaret's funeral. But Katie does not need to have known your loved-one to help guide and support the preparation of the funeral or memorial service.
Katie will help be the Funeral Celebrant for any and all memorials. You are saying "goodbye" to your partner, family member, friend or furry friend and Katie will be there to help you.
Warmth and understanding.
The first funeral service Katie remembers attending was over 15 years ago, for her maternal Grandmother (known as her 'Oma' because Katie's Grandma was Dutch). Katie felt the funeral service for Oma was a meaningful first stage to process the overwhelming grief and loss. Remembered for giving awesome squeezy-hugs - Oma was a bold, buxom and bubbly woman, and an incredibly talented artist.
In 2018, Katie sadly lost her deeply loved 13 year old nephew - Jackson - to suicide. She was incredibly close to Jackson and cried throughout the entire funeral service. (But that's ok - it's ok and normal to cry at the funeral of someone you adored). It was a beautiful service that celebrated Jackson's life and also helped to offer words of comfort during the incredibly difficult time for her entire family and his friends.
Conducting the sincere and sensitive memorial service that you envisage.
Katie is non-religious, but certainly delivers funeral services that include religious elements (such as readings or hymns) and reflects your specific culture. Finding the words of compassion, Katie always shows great reverence to the bereavement service for your family and friends.
The funeral service and memorials that Katie conducts are always sincere because she reflects how you envisage that loved one, and by asking sensitive questions will gather information to ensure the funeral or memorial service is incredibly meaningful.
The meaning of life... "You do you, your way!"
The meaning of life is different for every individual.
We remember the life of your loved one from a collection of their experiences, and our experiences with them.