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.

Amber Caskey

Amber Caskey

Celebrant Phone: 021610179
Email: ambercaskey@xtra.co.nz

Funerals have a powerful and significant place in our society and when a loved one dies, we must not only remember that person’s life, but also celebrate their journey. I specialise in creating a meaningful service, delivered with respect and compassion, while supporting clients with as much time and space as is needed. With a professional background in event planning and human resources, in addition to my own life experiences I have an open-minded and culturally sensitive approach to life, death and everything in between. I understand that every person has a different story and relationships to consider. I use my experience to help families and friends find the right words to express their feelings and ensure their loved one’s wishes are met. So when the time comes to look back, I will help you to take inspiration in the memories and legacy they left behind. I look forward to sharing stories about your loved one’s life, character, beliefs, and values – honouring them with a ceremony that is personal, uplifting, comforting and full of love.

Beverley McLean (VCANZ)

Beverley McLean (VCANZ)

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

My role is to make sure that everyone in your family and community will be honoured by creating a cherished time where love and friendship, life and death will be celebrated. It is a privilege and honour to work alongside families during this significant time. I can ensure highly professional, respectful and empathetic services with a delicate blend of sensitivity, confidence and compassion for the family while I support you to farewell your loved one.

Colleen Baird (VCANZ, LTCL)

Colleen Baird (VCANZ, LTCL)

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.”  

Mary-Anne McAllum

Mary-Anne McAllum

Celebrant Phone: 0276206200
Email: mamcallum@gmail.com

 I grew up in Tariki and have family connections throughout Taranaki. Having conducted ceremonies elsewhere in New Zealand, I have come home ready to work for and support my community. As an independent registered celebrant, I have officiated at funeral services, memorials, marriages, and life celebrations. My background includes working in multicultural and gender-focused situations where I gained an appreciation of the rich diversity within our communities. I am familiar with life and death in town and rural situations, the nature of loss, and the different ways in which we react to and manage our sorrow and grieving. I will listen to your needs and wishes and will create a service that celebrates your loved one’s life, acknowledges your loss, and wraps support around you, your family and friends. I will communicate with you through face to face meetings, email, and phone calls to ensure you are happy with the service. Afterwards you will receive a full transcript of my parts of the service to keep. My fee is $400. Travel costs are additional and negotiable. Comments from clients include: “Mary-Anne truthfully portrayed my husband’s nature in her service…” “My mother’s send-off was exactly as we wanted, a good mixture of laughter and tears. She would have loved it.” “Mary-Anne has leadership skills that give people strength through her own gentle strength.” “I can confirm her ability as a writer and thinker (who applies) an individual approach to each ceremony…”

Ross Tizard

Ross Tizard

Celebrant Phone: 021849273
Email: rosstizard007@gmail.com

I have recently returned to New Plymouth after several years in Auckland, to renew many friendships and to contribute to community life here. My life experience includes officiating at funerals for over 30 years, sometimes when loss is expected, and sometimes in tragedy. I can help your family to frame memories in a way that is sensitive to the values and beliefs of your loved one. It is always an honour for me to discover what you already treasure about the person being farewelled. My vocational background includes youth work, negotiation, non-profit leadership, and pastoral roles. This has allowed me to cross paths with many different people who all represent a unique story. As a Celebrant, I will assist you to remember and celebrate your loved family member for the gift they were to you. I am happily married, with adult children and one granddaughter, and I enjoy spending time now with my wife dancing & singing.

Sam Bennett (Dip.Celebrant Studies/VCANZ)

Sam Bennett (Dip.Celebrant Studies/VCANZ)

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 individuals families and the community 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 respectful, friendly, mature, reassuring, sensitive, timely and non- judgemental with the proven ability to bring order to a somewhat difficult and distressing occasion. I am a fully trained and qualified funeral celebrant (Dip. Celebrant Studies) a validated member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (VCANZ)and I voluntarily serve my community as Justice of Peace for New Zealand. Full Circle Bespoke Life Events - serving Taranaki families since 2009.

Trish Stewart

Trish Stewart

Celebrant Phone: 0276514236
Email: taahs5@hotmail.com

“Together creating and sharing remembrance” I have a friendly warm personality which will provide you and your family with a sense of calmness in your time of need.  I have been an active Celebrant in our community for many years and pride myself in being well organised with a creative approach to assist you.  Each family has its own sensitivity to honouring their loved one and together we can celebrate them with respect and dignity.  I would be deeply privileged to be part of your loved one’s story.