Flourish – together in life’s sacred moments

**Funerals in Uncertain Times**

In this season of pandemic and lockdown babies continue to be born and loved ones continue to die. Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed a ‘lock down learning’ module with the Celebrant School with a creative focus on support, services and memorials for this window of time. It is so important to mark the loss of a loved one, to bear witness as a community and to journey with those who are grieving and  I look forward to working with families do this. Together we can capture and create a sacred moment to remember and honour their loved ones, be it an online Zoom service; a small service with up to 10 present and everyone else livestreaming; or planning a memorial service for when the lockdown levels ease or a combination.

Witness and ‘withness’. A community apart but together. Fear dissolves and love flourishes.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss options. https://www.flourish.family/contact/

The death of a loved one can be a precious, painful and overwhelming time intermingled with the desire to honour your loved one with a special ceremony of farewell.
It is my privilege and joy to meet together with you and your family to create a ceremony that will tell your loved one’s story well and mark this moment as sacred and memorable for you all.

Flourish

A funeral is a family milestone. I look forward to working with you to create a special ceremony for your family that will honour and capture the life of your loved one and their legacy, sowing seeds of hope that will help your family flourish for generations to come.

Together

First and foremost this is your ceremony. My key role is to help you create a ceremony you would like and want. Using my, creativity, skill and understanding of ceremony, I will work, together with you and your family / group to achieve this.

Sacred

I will always approach you and your family with the dignity, reverence and respect that marks this sacred moment for you and your family. The views of both you and your loved one about life, spirituality and faith are important and I will work with you to honour your beliefs.

Moment

It is a great honour and privilege to take up the role of celebrant and to be present with you, your family, friends and community and ‘hold’ the moment as you grieve and farewell your loved one, creating a place of trust and safety for you to do this.

Memorable in Constrained Times

With her experience, Jennie sensitively provided a framework within which, we as a family, were able to plan a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of my mother. Certain constraints of present times, did not detract from the planning of celebration of a of a life long-lived. Jennie is compassionate, has a warm personality, and is at ease with all age groups. She has a wonderful choice of words, her prose is beautiful. Thank you Jennie, we shared a memorable experience.

– Susy Smith

We Highly Recommend

Our family engaged Jennie to plan and deliver a memorial service for our Dad. From the initial contact to the service itself Jennie was super communicative and organised. She was empathetic through the whole process, which helped us through an emotional time. She put together a service which was just right for our Dad and handled last minute changes on the day with ease. We highly recommend Jennie. She is professional and has a knack for knowing how to deliver a beautiful service. Thank you Jennie.

– Whitney Adam, Auckland

Thoughtful and Tactful

I’d like to thank Jennie for all she did for my family – it is truly appreciated, she captured my 105 year old mother well! I would also like to compliment her on the beautiful way she handled the missing family member and the ex-husband – very thoughtful and tactful; well done. I have had a lot of feedback as to how good the service was and feel sure that Mum would have approved!

– Denise Hepworth

Dignity and Inspiration

Thank you Jennie for everything you did to make Mum's funeral the celebration that it was. Not only is Jennie beautiful - she is gracious, eloquent, patient and empathetic. She has a deep faith, respect for the family's wishes and is relaxed in the midst of loss and sadness. Although there is time pressure when preparing for a funeral, Jennie organises everything with dignity and inspiration.

– Joanne Wills, Auckland

Professional Manner

It was special to work with Jennie in this very tragic situation – her profoundly gentle, sensitive and professional manner was just perfect.

– Kaye Shannon, Sibuns Funeral Director

Our Deepest Thanks

Dan and I wanted to pass on our deepest thanks for helping us with such an important job at the most difficult time of our lives. The weeks since have been no less difficult in many ways but we are so glad to have had a wonderful ceremony to keep in our hearts and memory.

– Dan and Emma

A Beautiful Memorial Service

I would like to thank Jennie for the beautiful memorial service for my sister and brother, and for all she did for us at a sad and difficult time. She was a lifesaver and just so good at her job. I really don't know how I would have pulled anything together. It was perfect for the circumstances.

– Brenda Rendall, Dunedin

A Positive, Inclusive Presence

An extraordinary listener, tempered with encouragement and measured advice; a creative spirit, happily suggesting and accepting new and innovative ideas: a calm inclusive presence, with an intelligent nuance for understanding a wide variety of people; a fun loving personality, with the ability to find positivity and love while acknowledging challenges and difficult times.

– Deb and Greg Cook, Auckland

Resourceful and Creative

Grounded by her faith she connects easily with all in a natural and unassuming manner. She is resourceful, creative and a facilitator. While a long term family friend I have no hesitation in recommending Jennie as a celebrant.

– John Schnackenberg, Katikati

Practical and Efficient

Recently, Jennie helped plan with me and the family the funeral service for her late mother. Her manner was caring and consultative, along with practical efficiency... A pleasure to work with.

– Revd Graham Button

Welcoming and Caring

I have known Jennie Milne for nearly twenty years, and never fail to wonder at her particular gifts. She carries of sense of ‘presence’ that makes you know you are welcomed – an empathy, a listening, a caring, a desire to walk with you through the deepest experiences of life. 

– Margaret Tooley

Experienced Mentor

Jennie not only has the characteristics vital for this role but her 20 years of experience working as mentor and guide make her our first choice when choosing a celebrant.

– Deb and Greg Cook, Auckland

Empathetic Listener

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jennie for over 40 years. Jennie has a quiet presence, a wonderful ability to listen, to empathise and to show the utmost compassion and kindness.

– John Schnackenberg, Katikati

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