What is the difference between a funeral director and a funeral celebrant?

As your funeral celebrant, I will help you to coordinate and conduct the funeral service. A funeral director will help you with the logistics and the legalities. They will, for example, care for the body of the person who has died. They will be able to offer you advice about aspects such as coffins and florists, provide a hearse and a driver, and help you with legalities such as the death certificate.

Many funeral companies have in-house celebrants or celebrants they regularly use and recommend. This might be the best option for you. However, you should know that you are free to choose your own celebrant whichever funeral director you choose. You can contact any funeral celebrant yourself or ask the funeral director to contact us on your behalf.

What is your fee?

My standard fee for a funeral or memorial service is $400.

This is an all-inclusive fee and covers our family interview where we can discuss the format and content; all follow-up interviews or clarifications conducted by phone or email; travel within the Adelaide metropolitan region; writing the ceremony; writing the eulogy if required or offering any guidance on writing the eulogy; help with selecting content such as poetry, readings, or music as required; conducting the service according to your instructions; a written and an electronic copy of the service.

For more complex services (for example, services longer than two hours) or services outside the Adelaide metropolitan region there may be additional costs such as travel costs, but I will always discuss these with you first.

What if I'm not ready to hold a funeral for someone?

Apart from the practical considerations, one of the reasons we hold a funeral reasonably soon after someone’s death is that it provides a touchstone for our mourning. It is a kind of milestone that helps us to make sense of the shift in our relationship with that person.

However, there are many reasons you might want to delay a funeral. For example, if the death was sudden and you need time to plan; or if you are waiting to get in contact with friends or family who are travelling or difficult to contact. One option is to have the burial or cremation in the short term and then hold a memorial service at a later time when you are feeling stronger or more prepared.