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