Tracy Crisp Funeral Celebrant
helping you create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life, love and diversity while making space for healthy grieving
Funerals, memorials and grieving in a time of COVID-19
With funerals limited to only ten people, interstate travel limited, and venues closed, there have been many sudden changes to the ways we can hold funerals. In many ways these changes will make this time more difficult and stressful–we are isolated right when we need people the most. But please know that there are–and will always be–ways to make sure you can celebrate life and mourn death in a meaningful way that includes all of the most important people. For example, you can have a small ceremony now with plans to hold a memorial later. You can write the story of someone’s life and share it by letter or online. You can share a ritual with friends or family interstate or overseas such as all lighting a candle at the same time. It might not be the funeral you had in mind, but we will find a way to make sure you are able to mark this time in a way that honours life and death, supports you and nurtures healthy grieving.
The first thing to know is that you do not need to rush. There is time and space to make sure decisions are right for you.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused, please feel free to get in touch. I am available for a free phone consultation to help you talk things through.
Whether you want to:
- understand what you can do now and what you can do later
- know how to write a eulogy that can be shared online
- ensure everyone is included even when there are only 10 people allowed in person
- simply need reassurance that you are not alone, and there is an answer
I can help, either giving you the answer or pointing you in the right direction.
My genuine wish is that you find the right answers and the right people to help you create the funeral or memorial you want. You can contact me directly or ask a funeral director to contact me on your behalf.
Over the next week I will be posting more information and reflections on grieving during this time of COVID-19. I have started with this piece focused on funerals and memorials and this more general blog post on grief during the pandemic. And here is one beautiful account of a community finding a way to be present at a funeral the day after the Prime Minister announced the restrictions on funerals. We are physically isolated from one another, and we must find new ways to do things, but you do not need to be alone.
People’s life stories are a rich and powerful gift. As a funeral celebrant, it is my great privilege to honour those stories by helping you create a meaningful, individual ceremony.
traditional, contemporary or alternative funeral celebrancy and planning services in Adelaide and regional South Australia
If you are looking for a funeral celebrant, please feel free to get in touch or have a look around the site to learn more about my work.
You can contact me directly or ask a funeral director to contact me on your behalf. Funeral directors often recommend celebrants they know, but if you know a celebrant you would like to use you are always able to ask.
My values as a funeral celebrant
My work is grounded in the events of my mother’s final day. Her unexpected death was a profound lesson in what it really means to live every day as if it is your last. Live each day being true to yourself and to your values.
She was a deeply compassionate person, committed to equality and social justice. She believed in dignity and respect for every person. I am proud to bring those values to my work as a funeral celebrant.
You can read more about my mother’s story here. This story and the quirky advice she gave me through my childhood formed the basis of my 2018 Adelaide Fringe show, Pearls. From time to time I stage Pearls at small theatres and venues throughout South Australia. I learn something new about my mother every time.
Latest from the blog
Information about funerals as well as my observations of grief and bereavement.
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A funeral is an opportunity to lay the foundations for understanding your grief
Don’t overlook the importance of the ceremony in a natural burial
How a celebrant writes a ceremony for a person they didn’t know
The day after the funeral can bring unexpected emotions
Reasons you might want to delay a funeral service
The different roles of directors and celebrants
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