Life Celebrations with Joy

End of Life Ceremonies

It honours your loved one while also celebrating their life.
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Bidding farewell to loved ones, whether family, friends or for some people furbabies, is a very difficult and stressful time.

It should be undertaken in a manner that recognises the sadness of their passing, respects their legacy and celebrates the life, love and memories that they shared with those left behind.

End of life ceremonies can take many different forms.

  • Funerals can be burials, cremations, graveside ceremonies and others. Funeral Directors will assist with the decisions to be made in regard to the format of the funeral itself but when it comes to the farewell ceremony we will craft a unique script that shares the life of the loved one who has left, the memories that you share and the feelings that you are experiencing as well as celebrating everything they brought to your lives and sending them forward with your love.
  • Memorials can take place as a follow up to a funeral, on a special anniversary or as an opportunity for more friends and family to attend. We will create a unique and memorable ceremony to celebrate the life of your loved one and we can be slightly less formal than an actual funeral sharing stories, experiences and memories together.
  • Scattering of Ashes is generally undertaken as a last wish of the person who has left and this can be a moving and heartfelt way to let them know that you will always love them and to send them on their way.
  • In some instances people want to plan their own ceremonies and I can assist with this.

Honouring your loved one and celebrating their life.

As with every other ceremony I prepare, these would be tailored to suit your own personal circumstances. I can assist in the writing of an appropriate eulogy and even deliver it if required and will be able to advise on appropriate songs, readings and rituals. Whatever beliefs you and your family have can be included within the ceremony.

The legacy left by your loved one should not be measured solely by the number of tears shed at their funeral but also by the number of smiles as people recall the good times and the memories they cherish. The sadness of the farewell should be tempered with gratitude for the life of the person and for their impact on your lives and thankfulness for having known them.

A well crafted and presented funeral or memorial ceremony provides a valuable opportunity to begin true healing for grieving family and friends.

The grief journey

I encourage you to talk to your family about death. When families or communities plan and involve themselves in a funeral service, and support each other and allow their feelings of love and loss to be expressed, then the journey through grief, to healing, to finding a new ‘normal’ begins.

Grief is a normal and natural process and with deep love comes deep grief so it needs to be accepted and understood that only time will ease the pain of loss. Sorrow is a response to the sadness but mixing it with gratitude for the life of your loved one does help.

I am based in Brisbane and perform ceremonies throughout Brisbane, Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich and South, to the Gold Coast QLD.

Testimonials

My Happy Clients!

We cannot recommend Joy enough, somehow Joy not only calmed the most anxious of Grooms but also somehow made the weather absolutely perfect. You are extremely professional yet very relaxed and relaxing to be around. There is no one my new bride and I would ever think of having marry us, in short you are amazing.

Caity and Chris F

Joy was fantastic. Loving lady that invited us in and made us feel very comfortable and welcomed. Joy was easy to contact and get in touch with. Joy and her husband were well organised, prompt on the day. Lovely Lady that will make your day very special.

Nicole

We had a beautiful home ceremony with Joy yesterday. it was EVERYTHING we dreamed of. Joy was exceptional and worked with us every step of the way in personalising and making our wedding ceremony as perfect as possible. Joy went above and beyond to ensure our day was amazing, with the perfect balance of professionalism and humor (which we were looking for specifically). Joy also ensured our children and guests were included as much as we wished and helped us with a sand ceremony and family unity certificate which our children loved! Thank you so much, Joy. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful that you were there for us for our special day. ♡

Hayley and Mitchell S, Brisbane QLD

Thank you Joy for all the work you did to help make our day so lovely. You were amazing and we appreciated how much work and love you put in to make our day. Thank you Wendy and Mark.

Wendy B

When my grandpa Jack married his darling Dulcie you were wonderful with them. So patient and understanding because they are both in their 80s and guided them through everything to make their day perfect. They don’t have internet access but I wanted to say thank you for a lovely day on their behalf.

Jenny S

Thank you so much Joy for your warm and calming approach to our wedding. Zac and I were very nervous but you held our hands all the way through and made it a seamless and wonderful experience. We will definitely be back in touch for future celebrations.

Amy

Area of Expertise!

Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or sexuality finding the right person for you is the most important decision you will ever make. Once you make that decision I will be there with you every step of the way in planning the ceremony that reflects your love story.

Bidding farewell to loved ones, whether family, friends or for some people furbabies, is a very difficult and stressful time. It should be undertaken in a manner that recognises the sadness of their leaving, respects their legacy and celebrates the life, love and memories that they shared with those left behind.

There are many other occasions to celebrate in our lives. The options are limited only by our imaginations. Some suggestions: Welcoming a new child into the family, Special anniversaries, Special occasions ( Birthdays, Graduations, Special Days, Divorce celebrations )