WHEN YOU LOSE SOMEONE,it will help you to have a calm, experienced, and empathetic Funeral or Memorial Celebrant,or Officiant, to support you as you prepare to say goodbye. With your guidance, I can create and conduct a service which is life affirming and consoling.

No-one wants to think about the sadness of losing a family member or a much loved friend but inevitably, sooner or later, we all do. 

My name is Elaine Searle and as a family, all of life celebrant, or officiant, since 2004, my main focus is to provide the best possible service to the family and friends of the deceased. This is done by talking to the family and, with their guidance, writing and conducting a respectful, personal funeral or memorial ceremony.You can read unsolicited testimonials from families on my Testimonials and Reviews page.

I live on Sydney's northern beaches and conduct funeral services throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Most funerals are conducted at chapels in Memorial Parks and Crematoria, and I conduct services at  at Macquarie Park , Northern Suburbs,  Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery , Castlebrook, Rouse HillRookwood,  Eastern Suburbs , Forest Lawn,LeppingtonPalmdale Lawn Cemetery and all other Sydney locations. Many funeral directors have lovely chapels where the service may be held. 

I am an independent funeral celebrant and conduct funerals in co-operation with many funeral directors, including:  Ann Wilson Funerals,   White Lady Funerals , Gregory and Carr, Hamilton Family Funerals Maurer Family FuneralsLady Anne Funerals  ,W. N. BullDarrin Burns Family Funerals , Walter Carter Funerals, Trevor Lee and Son Funerals, Something Beautiful Remains Funerals, and of course, many other funeral directors as chosen by the family.

I have also conducted funeral services in the Nurses War Memorial Chapel at Little Bay bookings chapel Little Bayand the chapel at Narrabeen RSL Anzac Village.  Some families choose to have the funeral service at home. Many families contact me directly and then I will work in collaboration with the funeral director which chose.

A memorial service following some time after the deceased has been cremated can be a possibility, especially if not all family members are able to be present at the time of the loss. Some families choose to have a direction cremation, then hold the memorial later. This may be held in a place which was special to the deceased or of course in any venue of your choosing. (Some suggestions may be found on my LINKS page.)

A personal funeral, celebration of a life, or memorial ceremony can be a fitting tribute to the one who has passed away by remembering, acknowledging and celebrating their life and achievements and grieving their passing.  It will also   provide comfort to those who are bereaved by giving them a time and safe space to acknowledge their grief and loss.An appropriate and personal service can be a comfort and consolation and an important step in the grieving process.

I can meet with you and, with your knowledge of the deceased,  write and conduct a ceremony that meets your needs and reflects the attributes of the one whom you have lost.  I am happy to come to your home to discuss your wishes for the funeral. If you wish, I will write the eulogy based on the information you give me at this meeting. I encourage family and friends to be included in the service by reading poems, readings or tributes. I can help choose music and readings for the service and am open to accommodating special requests that honour the deceased. Many families find comfort by including in the service personal items which symbolise significant facets of their life and interests.

You may contact me directly by phoning 0402810062, or email to esearle@optusnet.com.au or ask your funeral director to contact me.

You may wish to visit my LINKS page for information about funerals and grief  LINKS and RESOURCES

I welcome your contact by phone or email to discuss how we can make the service for your loved one personal and meaningful.Elaine Searle Funeral Celebrant

Elaine Searle
B.A. Dip. Ed., J.P., C.M.C.

Funeral Celebrant ,
Celebrations of a Life, Memorials 

mob 0402 810 062

or email



Professional Associations

I am a founding member the Funeral Celebrants Association Australia Incorp. an association which aims to ensure a high and consistent standard of funeral celebrancy in Australia.  

I am also a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants.                                 

 Go to my blog, "A Personal Funeral", for more information and items of interest when you are planning a funeral. A Personal Funeral blog by Elaine Searle

Elaine Searle, 5 Streamdale Grove, Warriewood 2102
Phone 0402810062 
email: esearle@optusnet.com.au 



Sometimes we ask ourselves, why have a funeral? The person who has passed away has gone and having a funeral cannot change that.  In all societies and at all times, people have needed the opportunity to mark the passing of people who were important to them.

A funeral helps in many ways.  The planning and attending a funeral service provides:

  • a visible social support system for the surviving family and friends
  • the service helps us to understand that death is final and that death is a part of life
  • it celebrates the life and achievements of the deceased
  • it is a public honouring of the deceased's life
  • it allows bereaved ones to participate in the service by contributing to the planning or by speaking a tribute
  • it brings family members together as they acknowledge the one they have lost
  • it aids in integrating family and friends back into their normal routines
  • it reaffirms the mourners' relationships with the deceased
  • it provides a special time to say good-bye
  • it provides a safe place for expressing grief and loss
  • it is part of the transition from life with the deceased, to a new life without the loved one                                                       

To contact me: mob. 0402 810 062,
email  esearle@optusnet.com.au

 Copyright 2005 - 2018  Elaine Searle