Author: Marg Fitzpatrick
I am looking forward to being the Celebrant for this Christmas Remembrance Service at Bunurong.
It is is my privilege to share this special occasion with so many families and friends.
Bunurong Memorial Park
Stratus-Cumulus Reflection Spaces
Tuesday December 14th
Arrival from 6.30pm. Service commences at 7.00pm. Refreshments to follow at 8.00pm.
Register to join us here
A Time to Reflect and Remember
Bunurong Memorial Park and Templeton Family Funerals warmly invites you, your family and friends to a special Christmas Remembrance Service.
The service includes a photo montage, if you would like a photo of your loved one included please provide a photo with your RSVP by Friday 8 December 2
Yes! It’s done!! Same Sex marriage has now been legalised in Australia and at last you and your partner can now marry the one you love.
It’s finally as it should be….genuine love and respect recognised equally. I can’t wait to celebrate this day with you and declare you husband and husband, wife and wife, or however you would like to be recognised.
If you love music, dance, fun, sincerity and warm friendly interaction with you and your guests, then I think I may be the right celebrant for you. With a background in musical theatre, a warm sense of humour and a love of creating a ceremony that is just right for each unique couple, I am really looking forward to marrying couples who also have creative passions and wish to incorporate them into their wedding ceremonies.
And your wedding day can be as soon as you wish after January 9th 2018.
Why January 9th?
This is the minimum one month time required by law for a Notice of Intended Marriage [NOIM] to be received by any celebrant in Australia. But of course there is no rush, and you are free to choose whatever date works best for you both.
What do you need to do?
When you go to meet your celebrant, you will need to produce photo id and evidence of date and place of birth eg Birth Certificate, Passport, Drivers Licence, before you can complete the NOIM Form. This is how you start the ball rolling to be legally married.
Perhaps you have dreamt about the way you would like your wedding to be and even made plans and temporary bookings? Now that your marriage will finally be recognised, all you need to do is to choose the right celebrant, confirm your wedding venue, get out the invitations and enjoy the fun wedding prep to make those dreams come true.
If you haven’t yet started making plans and need some guidance, as an experienced Melbourne wedding celebrant I can bring a wealth of ideas and knowledge.
So…if music, dance, fun, and warm friendly interaction with your guests is your thing, then give me a call. Years of experience, knowledge, passion, and creative flair come together in doing what I love… which is celebrating happy weddings!!
Let’s have a chat about yours 0417 133 469
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And again, congratulations!!!
These days more and more people are choosing alternate venues in Melbourne in which to hold the farewell ceremony for their loved ones…venues which reflect their personality and passions, and provide a welcoming atmosphere for guests to both mingle and mourn.
Recently, I was honoured to be the celebrant for Billy’s Farewell, in a pub!
Billy was a larger than life character, an outrageous character in fact and I was told that he would definitely approve of the pub as the place for family and friends to gather for his farewell. So long as they all had a drink in hand!
So his family decided that to honour Billy, one Memorial Service in a pub….just wasn’t going to cut it. Billy Crocker actually required a pub crawl!!
Family ceremony at The Auburn Hotel
So on Friday, in a small upstairs room at The Auburn Hotel in Hawthorn, Billy’s family gathered for a private farewell. Gathered together at the pub were his wife, their children, their partners and the grandchildren. His favourite tribe.
It was a very special and intimate setting for Billy’s tribe to gather. They said farewell and thanks to this man they loved and adored, and to honour him for the legacy of wonderful memories he left with them. You could feel the love in the private pub dining room during this small family ceremony, where stories, photos, drinks, laughter, hugs and tears were intermingled. And these continued on over a long pub lunch afterwards.
Family and friends farewell at The Rosstown Hotel
On Saturday, Billy’s family were joined by a large gathering of friends at the Rosstown Hotel. Once again guests were greeted with drinks upon arrival and the Ceremony kicked off with a Toast to a man who lived life his way, and left a wonderful legacy for all who knew him.
So, a funeral in a pub?
Now in case you might be wondering if a pub is really an appropriate place for a funeral, let me reassure you…
During this large Service for Billy, where the majority of guests were seated, you could have heard a pin drop during the Eulogy, Tributes and Photo Show. Except for the laughs that emerged from the many funny stories being shared.
And yes there were also tears, and lots of warm hugs as people mingled before and after the Service. These continued over refreshments which followed straight after the service. No one had to change venues. The setting was perfect for Billy, and his family and friends all agreed.
So, whilst a funeral in a pub would not be an appropriate venue for everyone, it is certainly worth keeping in mind as an option.
In my next post, I will talk about other venues around Melbourne that families are choosing to farewell their loved ones.
You know…it actually can be almost anywhere! Call me anytime to see if your idea can work.
Feedback from Billy’s family
“My Dad was a larger than life character and as a family we really wanted to celebrate his ‘unique personality and love of life. We are forever grateful that we were highly recommended to the services of Marg.
From the moment we met, her warmth, understanding, sense of humour and deep level of respect, shone so bright, that it gave us all the strength and love to be able to put together a magnificent tribute to our
Dad; one that we know he would have loved and that we were all really proud of. Thank you Marg, for making this very emotional, sad time so much easier for us.
We thought you did a beautiful service that embraced and captured the essence of our loving Dad.
Lots of love and thanks
Raelene D’Apolito and family”.
A Story to Warm Your Heart!
The Sanctuary at Bunurong Memorial Park, was the perfect place to farewell George.
What was even more special was that George did not have any living family, and his final celebration was arranged by his neighbours, who 20 years ago had welcomed George into their family, adopting him as a surrogate grandfather, and giving him a reason for living.
What a lucky day that was for George!
Not just once in a while, but every day at 3pm, George strolled down to their home to join the family for a cuppa and a chat, spoilt the kids and grandkids and later went home with his evening meal already prepared for him by Fay or Judy.
When George was not physically able to walk down to his neighbour’s home, Judy would ring George every day to pick him up and drive him to and from their home for the cuppa. It was when George did not answer his phone one day, that Judy went up to his home and found him lying on the floor having suffered a stroke. How lucky was George to have found such kind, caring, love and friendship from his wonderful neighbours.
And later when George became ill, this family, mostly Judy, went to see George every day in hospital, and then went to his home and fed and cared for his cat even lighting the fire to keep this moggy warm!!
Sharing the stories of caring and extraordinarily compassionate people who are all around us…..doing amazing things that we hardly ever hear about.
Rest peacefully George!
We booked Marg for our wedding in February this year: from the initial consultation, to the rehearsal and then the big day, Marg was amazing.
Marg shared loads of ideas, hints and tips with us and gave us invaluable advice to help us plan not only the ceremony, but the whole day.
She took the time to get to know us, as individuals as well as a couple.
Our ceremony was better than we could have ever planned on our own.
Marg is a wonderful public speaker, the ceremony was flawless.
We would recommend her services to anyone.
Thank you Marg! Lisa and Vlad
Montsalvat was the perfect venue for the funeral celebration of Claudio. His art was proudly displayed in the upper gallery along with precious memorabilia and colourful balloons. Claudio loved a party and his family ensured that his farewell reflected this.
I just wanted to thankyou again for delivering such a beautiful service for us on Friday. Both the mums just adored it and you. I really cannot have imagined it better. Thank you again. While I hope to not have to do another funeral for a very very long time if I do please don’t retire any time soon… I know who I will be calling”. Sarina