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Celebrating and remembering the lives of loved ones.

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I know I hugged you and thanked you but I am hugging you and thanking you again you are now a part of our family journey and I will never forget your kindness.

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Glenda ~ Feb 2020

We wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to you, for the support and guidance throughout our difficult time. We are of the firm belief that your assistance was by far, above and beyond your call of duty.

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C Family ~ Feb 2017
Your Celebrant

Honouring and celebrating the life of your loved one in a significant and memorable way.

Everyone's journey through life is different, filled with moments that are unique to them and those around them. It has become increasingly important for families to honour this by personalising a funeral to better reflect the story of their loved ones life.

To create this special occasion in such a way, a celebrant who deeply understands these important aspects, and has the experience to sensitively guide and assist the family to make it happen in such a way is crucial. Silvana has all of these qualities, and is someone who you can rely on in this difficult time.

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The beautiful service you gave at his funeral will remain forever in our hearts. You are one of a kind, we felt you had known him for a very long time, you were just so passionate.

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D & B ~ Aug 2014

It cannot be easy for a celebrant to get to know a family in a very short space of time. However, Silvana did a wonderful job in not only getting to know my stepdad, but in comforting us.

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Angela ~ Jul 2017
Meet Silvana

Caring and sensitive guidance when you need it the most.

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Silvana Camilleri, Celebrant

Hi, I'm Silvana, a passionate and dedicated Civil Celebrant based in Coffs Harbour on the beautiful NSW Mid North Coast. I am absolutely devoted to helping family and friends farewell their loved one in their own dignified and meaningful way.

For me, it is about guiding and assisting you to bring together all the elements that you may wish to honour the life of the family member who has just passed and in doing so also assisting in the grieving process.

My own love of life, my compassion for all human beings inspired and honed by my lifelong career positions, nurtured in me a passion for ensuring that the life of the deceased is honoured and affirmed and that the family left behind is given all the assistance they need at a very difficult time in their lives.

What can you expect from me as the Celebrant?

Very Individual and focused care. Flexibility, attention to detail, sensitivity, guidance with order of service design, wording, music, readings - bringing it all together and officiating and supporting you on the day. I take my Celebrancy work seriously and so devote myself full time to this profession.

My core skills

  • Professionally trained and experienced public speaker. I committed to my professional development by being a member and executive member of Coffs Harbour Toastmasters meeting every two weeks for seven years.
  • A high level of written and oral skills including creative writing.
  • Exceptional organisation and communication skills.
  • Grief and loss training.

My core qualities

  • Empathic
  • Caring
  • Flexible
  • Hard working
  • Sensitive
  • Values: Integrity and professionalism.

I found your eulogy engaging, warm and touching with many special moments that brought our family together in respectful remembrance of an iconic and central part of our lives.

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W & J ~ July 2014

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for Friday and delivering Mum’s service with such love and compassion. It truly felt like you knew her and respected her memory.

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Bianca ~ Oct 2020
the Service

Ensuring the service is personal and meaningful.

I will provide you with all the assistance, guidance and knowledge you need to create a ceremony that is personalised, significant and meaningful for your family.

The Celebration of Life, Funeral, Memorial Service

Each person is so uniquely different, there isn't a template that will suit all life stories. However, to give you an idea of where you might start, below is a generalised structure of a funeral service. Of course, I will work closely with you to tailor it to something that is entirely appropriate and personlised to your loved one.

Music as Family & Friends enter the chapel

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  • A Welcome and Introduction - Celebrant
  • Eulogy/Biography/Life story - Celebrant or family member
  • Tribute/s by family members or friends – open or closed
  • Reflection time with music/Visual Presentation DVD
  • Reading
  • Committal & farewell

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Music as family & friends leave the chapel

Eulogy / Life Story

The eulogy may be delivered by the celebrant, a family member or friend. The timing of the eulogy and tributes is dependent on limitations of the venue, which will form part of your discussions with me as I guide you through the process.

I am happy to work with the Funeral Director of your choice.

Below is an example of an outline for a eulogy. I'm here to make sure the service is meaningful and personal, so rest assured that you have my support for this tribute as well.

  • full name, common name and/or nickname
  • date and place of birth
  • names of Parents and siblings
  • schooling and early life
  • qualifications and work life
  • family life, marriage, children
  • characteristics, personality, traits, common sayings
  • community work and involvement
  • hobbies and interests – including music, craft, pets,sport
  • humorous stories/memorable moments
Feedback

Feedback from families.

I could not have wished for a more personal and meaningful send off for the most special women in my life. I think our mum would have been very proud of the service that you provided.

Brenda & Family ~ Mar 2014

The genuine care you took, the kindness you showed and the time you spent with us was truly amazing. We are so very grateful for your sensitivity and your gentle, professional support. We can't praise you enough!

Christine ~ Jan 2015

Our family can’t thank you enough for the care you took in helping us arrange the service for my father. Your patience, the extra care you took in putting together all the elements and the compassion and warmth you demonstrated on the day of the funeral - we were so lucky to have you looking after us.

MD ~ Feb 2015

Thank you so much for your support, friendship and professionalism throughout my brother’s last weeks. You were always there doing your utmost best to get everything perfect. You have enriched my life on meeting you and will be forever in my thoughts.

AS ~ Jul 2015

Yesterday was just perfect. Everyone I spoke to thought you were remarkable in capturing mum's spirit and delivering such a beautiful service. Thank you from the bottom of my heart especially giving me your time whilst you were on vacation. You have a very special gift.

C, D & Family ~ Jun 2018

We were blown away by your commitment, care and compassion and your attention to detail. There have been many glowing comments on your wonderful way of putting together this jigsaw and presented this “Last Show” so professionally and with such love.

Adrienne and Family ~ Aug 2020

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