Hi, I'm Deborah Lilley

Funeral Celebrant, SA

I have been a registered Celebrant since 2014 and I live and work south of Adelaide, in South Australia. And while weddings are still the main bulk of my work, I also conduct funerals and life celebrations.

I came across your advert on Instagram and it immediately got my attention.

Since conducting my first life celebration in 2016 for a really good friend, in the pub with a can of her favorite beer sitting beside the urn holding her ashes, I was hooked with the idea of providing services, celebrations, and ceremonies for people and their families that were not 'the norm'.

I believe that a funeral should be a celebration of life, a time to laugh and cry and say goodbye all rolled into whatever format suits the person who has died.

Since that first one I have been honoured to conduct some special ceremonies, sometimes working with a person who knew the time had come to start planning 'their ceremony, their way!'.

I am a great believer in tradition, but not a lover of traditional. I love ritual, and I believe pomp and ceremony has its place, but only if and how it suits each individual person.

In the last 12 months I have become more active in the local community, laying ground works for a local death cafe and some workshops around 'writing your own eulogy'.

Bare Memorials speaks to me because of its eco, pocket friendly principles. But also because of your open outlook on what a funeral/life celebration 'should' be like..... I believe that we agree that there is no 'should be' and that is always a great place to begin :)

If you need a personal testimonial, one of your current Celebrants Lemise Kassim is happy to do so for me.

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