Who will act for you when you cannot?

  Everyone knows that they should make a Will because everyone knows that they are going to die – you can count on it.   However people don’t count on having a stroke or some other incapacitating event.  “It’s never going to happen to me” is often the view that people take.   Although not Read More …


Why do people find it so hard talking about death?

  There are a number of conversations that are inherently difficult – that first romantic breakup as a teenager, having the birds-and-bees talk with your children or telling loved ones about a divorce. The most dіffісult соnvеrѕаtіоn, hоwеvеr, might just be talking аbоut thе end of уоur life or about death.   There are a Read More …


Celebrate Me’s guide to choosing a casket

When choosing a casket there are a number of things that you may wish to consider. Visually it can bring a level of comfort choosing a particular type of casket. Other considerations might be the practicality, form and function as well as eco friendly options.   The good news is New Zealand is provided with a wide Read More …


Delivering a eulogy

Being asked to give a loved one’s eulogy, a commemorative speech honouring their life, is a daunting task. In the midst of the grief and remembrance you feel, how is it possible to represent a life in a matter of minutes? Here are some top tips you might want to consider. Start with brief history Read More …


Rethinking the Bucket List

Rethinking the Bucket List

  We’ve seen the movie; we reference it in everyday conversation; and we tag our tweets #YOLO (you only live once). It’s the Bucket List and it compels us to swim with dolphins, visit Disneyland, learn Spanish, and cook our way through recipe books. It’s about living life to the full and experiencing what the Read More …


Headstones

The how to guide for Headstones

    A headstone will memorialise a loved one in perpetuity. The design should not only reflect your loved one’s personal tastes, but could represent the way in which they lived their life.   When the time comes to decide you’ll be faced with many questions – “Where do I start?,” “What type of headstones Read More …


Will your life insurance payment go where you want it to?

  Often the time between starting a life insurance policy and making a claim can be quite lengthy. This can mean the person who owned your policy when you started it may not allow the money at claim time to do the job you want to do.   This could be due to your life changes such Read More …


How Funeral Celebrants help with the Grief Process

  When someone close to you dies, it can feel like entering a parallel universe, where time takes on another quality.   You will be having conversations you previously never gave much thought to. Uncomfortable conversations with strangers at a stressful and emotional time. Decisions must be made. Decisions around planning the funeral, the most important part Read More …


What happens to digital assets after you die?

  As we now rely heavily on technology we need to ensure that our “digital identities” are taken into consideration when we are dealing with estate planning matters.   Digital assets include electronically stored data that is either owned or a person has contractual rights to use.   For example, what happens to your Hotmail Read More …


Three things to stop doing when organising a funeral

Three things to stop doing when organising a funeral

  I received a phone call earlier this week from a lady organising a funeral for her loved one.   We had a great conversation around her family, culture and exactly what she was looking for. We also talked through a range of options and advice.   Three key things came from this conversation I thought Read More …