Funerals

Sarah is a fully resourced Funeral Director and can arrange and deliver a complete funeral experience with her funeral partner, Picaluna Funerals.

Sarah can arrange cremations and burials, funeral services at chapel venues as well as religious services in churches.

Sarah also specialises in bespoke funeral solutions, enabling families to have a full coffin-present funeral experience at significant and beautiful locations which can include – at home, gardens, parks, surfclubs, clubs, beaches – the options are only limited by our imagination and availability.

Other funeral options include:

  • Direct Cremations (No Service/No Attendance Cremation)
  • Cremation + Memorial Service
  • Home Vigils & At-Home Viewings (supporting at-home dying and after-death care at home with cooling bed, death doula support and intimate family-led and at home rituals)
  • Pre-Paid Funeral Planning

Ceremonial Services

As a bespoke and holistic celebrant for 15+ years, as well as a trained hospital chaplain (non-religious) and grief & bereavement specialist therapist, Sarah brings a deep experience and care approach to working with families to not only create an authentic ceremony of honouring, remembrance and celebration, but she does so in a way that can bring profound healing, family connection, deep intimacy and even joyful transformation.

Sarah can work with you as BOTH funeral director + celebrant, OR can be engaged as an independent celebrant for your loved ones service with a different funeral director whom you may already have a connection and history.

End of Life Consulting

In addition to her funeral director and celebrant skills, Sarah is trained in death doula skills, chaplaincy, and grief & bereavement specialist care.  Sarah often works with families well before a death occurs, helping individuals and families navigate the practical, emotional, relational and spiritual challenges when faced with life limiting illness and terminal diagnoses.  She can help families as they move through different stages of need and change; and support them through the challenging conversations to plan and prepare for death.

First Consultation – $250 for 2hrs + Summary Report/Actions Outline/Quote

Includes a complete practical, relational and spiritual conversation in preparation of end-of-life planning – covering funeral options and choices, current wellbeing and wishes, family landscape and relationship & spiritual needs, inventory/directions on some key documentation to be prepared/aware of/activated – such as, advance care directive, will, enduring guardianship, power of attorney, funeral insurance or preparing a pre-need and/or pre-paid funeral plan. A full summary of the meeting key points including wishes, ideas and follow up actions to take will be provided, as well as a fully itemised quote/estimate of funeral costs as per discussed wishes, if desired.

[note: home visit incur a 25% surcharge on top of the consultation fee to cover travel]

Ongoing Consultations @$130/hr

Sarah has also put together a FREE RESOURCE – a series of shore 5 x videos that discuss death, dying and grief – how to begin to think about it, talk about it and plan for it.  Check out Landscapes of Life & Love and Loss: Traversing the pathyways of death, dying and grief.

Funerals – COVID-19 Update

Currently the landscape of how we can gather and mourn our  loved ones is changing due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Emerging from necessity, the creativite and innovative endeavours of the human spirit continue to ensure we do not lose our deepest and most important need – the need to connect, to share intimate experiences of love and community and be in profound relationship.

Funerals can, and must still take place and I can still conduct funeral arrnagements at my office safely with limited family present.Funerals are now taking place with a restriction of 10 people in attendance + funeral staff.

Funeral Options

  • In attendance full funeral service (with number limitations + physical distancing) + RECORDING & LIVESTREAMING OPTIONS
  • Direct Cremation + in attendance memorial service at a venue + RECORDING & LIVESTREAMING OPTIONS
  • Direct Cremation + Virtual Memorial  (full ceremony delivered by celebrant, including pre-recorded family eulogies & tributes, photo & music tributes, memorabillia table photos, produced as a broadcast quality digital package to share with families)
  • Direct Cremation + in attendance memorial service at a venue + RECORDING & LIVESTREAMING OPTIONS + Virtual Memorial Digital Package
  • Direct Cremation +a later date memorial service.

About Picaluna

Picaluna Funerals partners with an independent team of community established celebrants and funeral arranger specialists to offer a better way for family and friends to say goodbye to the people they love, through funerals, memorials and authentic life celebrations.

Together with their celebrant/arrangers, who are part of their local community and work with local suppliers, venues and specialists, Picaluna can create inspirational, affordable and authentic farewells that pay tribute to a life lived. With Sarah and Picaluna working together, they can tailor everything to suit a families’ need, rather than force them to conform to the rigid practices of an industry that’s slow to evolve.

Picaluna offer a completely transparent pricing approach, sharing with you the actual costs of each item/service you need to deliver the funeral of your choice. Picaluna then simply add a 35% service fee on the total amount.  Picaluna is also a ‘for-profit’ social enterprise, donating 10% of its profit to a charity or medical organization of your choice on your beloveds behalf.

To learn a little more about Picaluna and myself, here is a short video introducing the Picaluna approach https://www.facebook.com/sarahtolmielifeandlove/videos/455606281906853/