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My role is to provide you the voice to speak from your heart

As a professionally trained funeral celebrant I will help to create a truly personal funeral ceremony that is exactly as you wish it to be. This could be a simple ceremony in a crematorium, a celebration of life in a hotel or chapel of rest, a natural burial on your land or in a burial ground, or any ceremony in any other venue or space that you feel appropriate.
Not everyone wants the same type of funeral and I will meet with you to discuss the funeral fully, taking time to learn about the person whose funeral you are arranging.
You will be able to check the ceremony content beforehand and I will offer you a full text of the ceremony to keep afterwards.
I have no religious agenda, I am not a "humanist" celebrant. This means that you can include any words or music in your ceremony that will bring you comfort, religious or otherwise. I shall follow your lead on this completely, but am able to make suggestions regarding content whether it's of a religious nature or not. Generally, I will construct a ceremony with your input with regard to poems, music, prayers and so on. If you would prefer me to take complete control of the ceremony content, I will, but at the other extreme if you simply need me as an MC to facilitate your content that is also fine

Saying goodbye to someone who has passed, regardless of age can often be difficult and bewildering. As a funeral celebrant, I'm a confidante, a keen listener, a writer of life stories, a counsellor and really the guide who, with sensitivity and care, leads you through the ceremony planning and delivery on the day.
I will meet with you and, with your knowledge of the deceased, write and conduct a ceremony that meets your needs and reflects the attributes of the one whom you have lost. I am happy to come to your home to discuss your wishes for the funeral. If you wish, I will write the eulogy based on the information you give me at this meeting. I encourage family and friends to be included in the service by reading poems, readings or tributes. I can help choose music and readings for the service and am open to accommodating special requests that honour the deceased.

As a servant of the Ballarat community over many years I have strong personal beliefs and values and am passionate about all that I do. I pride myself in being personable, caring, honest and hardworking. I am determined to deliver with compassion and honesty, and to act ethically and with integrity.
My success and achievements have been in both the private and public sectors including 20 years during the 80's and 90s as program director at Radio 3BA and behind the microphone broadcasting to the Ballarat and Central Victorian community.
In the 80's I also became events coordinator for the 3BA Christmas appeal staging major annual musical theatre shows over a 12 year period raising more than $210,000 for the appeal I have been fortunate to receive many awards for broadcasting and community service over the years including on stage theatre work with 25 local productions including memorable roles in Annie and Les Miserables,
I am still recognised today with in the Ballarat community especially for my ongoing service to Seniors, I was awarded the Ballarat Senior of the year in 2012, The Ballarat Volunteer of the Year Award 2013 and a finalist in the Victorian Senior of the Year awards in 2014. As an authorised funeral celebrant, I can now offer professional assistance to people of all ages at a time when they are most in need of support and guidance

As your Funeral Celebrant I am committed to:

  • Liaise with the funeral director and those who play a part in the funeral.

  • Meet with the family/friends at a time and place convenient to them.

  • Gain a thorough knowledge of the person who has died so that the funeral ceremony can truly reflect the life of that individual.

  • Put together a unique ceremony/service based on the memories and wishes that do justice to the memory of the person who has passed away.

  • Include the eulogy, a formal presentation that lets all present remember the individuality, the joys, the struggles and the achievements of the deceased.

  • Provide support and assist family/friends to decide what role and that of others they will be involved in the service or ceremony.

  • Be present at the committal of the body for either burial or cremation

From my past life experiences I know that I can relate to a wide variety of people. I accept everyone for what they believe in and make people feel comfortable. My strong speaking voice, compassionate nature, attention to detail, love of ritual and people will ensure that your ceremony will be a memorable one.

Please contact me as I am here for you to assist in every way


Garry West
Email: garrywest@ncable.net.au
Mobile: 0410039867

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