Celebrants

Funeral Celebrants are skilled in working with people. With a calm reassuring manner a good celebrant understands the need to balance the rituals and obligations of a funeral service with wishes and needs of the family. Celebrants we recommend here at Eagars are compassionate, caring and have a full understanding of the requirements of working with us as Funeral Directors. The Celebrants we work alongside are committed to helping you create a ceremony that will be a truly fitting farewell to your loved one.

Please see the list below to learn more about the funeral Celebrants we recommend and work with often.

Colleen Baird

Colleen Baird

Civil Celebrant Phone: 021 711 681
Email: colleen@celebrant.net.nz

“I consider it a privilege and an even greater responsibility to be involved with families and friends in one of life’s most poignant and significant occasions. A funeral is as much about life as it is about death and the gathering of memories is a therapeutic experience for all concerned. I ensure that the tribute to the deceased is sincere, well researched and well prepared. In my experience listeners respond appreciatively to the depiction of a person which is real and affirming to their humanity. I do my best to make a sad occasion into a beautiful memory, my touchstone being the ring of sincerity and truth.”  

Margaret Barraclough

Margaret Barraclough

Celebrant Phone: 021 037 1890
Email: ceremoniesforyou52@gmail.com

I feel that performing your ceremony is both a privilege and honour and you can have peace of mind that by working together, we will create a service that will meet all your expectations. New Plymouth is my base, but I am also happy to travel within Taranaki on request. My nursing experience is invaluable and having spent four years at the local hospice, I feel that I can relate to grieving families well. I warmly welcome enquires and would be honoured to assist you.

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Full Circle Bespoke Life Events Phone: 027 751 5100
Email: contact@fullcirclecelebrant.co.nz

“I am a vocational funeral celebrant and I am aware and acknowledge that my role is a position of great honour and profound privilege. My key role and responsibilities are to facilitate nurture and encourage a family, people or group  to create a funeral ceremony that is appropriate to the person in my care. I will provide you with a professional service that reflects your personal style, values and beliefs. When working with me as your funeral celebrant you can expect me to be friendly, mature, reassuring, sensitive, timely and non- judgemental with the ability to bring order to a somewhat difficult and distressing occasion. I am a trained and qualified funeral celebrant (CCS) a member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ), the chairperson of CANZ Taranaki, a Justice of Peace for New Zealand and a member of Toastmasters International.”

Beverley McLean

Beverley McLean

Celebrant Phone: 027 244 6517
Email: beverleymclean2@gmail.com

I believe life is a journey filled with joys, celebrations, special moments and challenges. It was my own personal challenge, the passing of my father, which inspired my pathway into becoming a celebrant. After taking my father’s service I was encouraged by friends and family to apply and that same year I was accepted as an Independent Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant. I felt it was Dad’s parting gift to me and I will be forever grateful to him for it. It is with passion, inspiration and dedication that I continue my work throughout the community. As a Taranaki local I am well versed in the beauty and nature of our region and find it a privilege to bring people together in a place I love. My active lifestyle and previous experience as a teacher has provided me with vast knowledge and understanding of not only this beautiful region but also the people who call it home. It would be my pleasure to work with you to create a memorable and meaningful celebration for you and your guests - a celebration like no other.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Celebrant Phone: 021 627 849
Email: richard@eagars.co.nz

Richard is Eagar’s in-house celebrant.  Having professionally trained as a broadcaster, he delivers a polished, non-secular service that is warm and intimate.  Richard’s style is more ‘MC’ than ‘Preacher’ and he enjoys creating a service that reflects the life being celebrated and helping family to deliver a service their loved one would be proud of.