Travel time and waiting time before the Service or ceremony
A calming, professional and compassionate presence before, during and after the ceremony
The ceremony itself
Being available to participants and guests following the ceremony
Co-ordinating burial permits with the Funeral Home's Licensed Funeral Director
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you an ordained minister? I am a graduate and faculty member of Celebrant Foundation and Institute. I am not an ordained minister.
Will you meet with us? Yes, we will set up a date, place and time convenient to you.
What can we expect at our first meeting? This will depend on the ceremony we are co-creating. Most often, I will bring a ceremony structure outline and a questionnaire to help me get to know you better. From this information, I will carefully create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and possible ritual activities. Together we can change and re-arrange all of the ceremony elements. I will write much of your ceremony from your own words. If you choose to proceed, we will fill out a service contract.
Do you record our meeting? No, I will gather hand written notes, but I will not digitally record our meeting. How should we book? This will depend on the type of ceremony you need. Generally, the earlier the better. Often weekends will fill faster then weekdays. If you are working with a Licensed Funeral Director, provide my name and contact information to him or her. They will contact me and confirm date and times.
Do you officiate marriage ceremonies? Yes! As of September 2020, I am officiating wedding ceremonies in the Province of Alberta. What is the cost? Suggested honorarium will vary from $75 to $500 depending on the type of Ceremony needed. How do I pay? If you are working directly with a Licensed Funeral Director, often, my fee can be added directly into the Funeral Service Contract you have with the Funeral Home. Each Funeral Home is different so please speak with the Funeral Director who is taking care of you.
Alternately, certified cheque, email money transfer or cash works well.
How far will you travel?
The majority of my Life-Cycle Celebrant work has been in Calgary and Southern Alberta; but I am not limited to these areas.
How do you estimate travel distances? I use Google Maps to estimate travel time and distances.
What are your Travel and Mileage costs? Outside the Town of Okotoks and Calgary city limits, mileage cost is $0.55 / kilometre. Travel / Drive time rate is $30 an hour per travel hour.
Will you meet with us prior to the ceremony? Yes, together we will set a date, time and place to meet. Also, we will be in contact through email and phone. No ceremony is ever delivered unless every detail is approved by you.
How long is the ceremony? Each ceremony is different and will vary from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. What time do you arrive to the ceremony? I will arrive at the ceremony location 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. What if our ceremony is running behind, how long will you stay? For each ceremony, I allot approximately 2 hours total for your ceremony. Can our children participate? Yes, we can include children in the ceremony. When we meet, we can share some ideas on how this might be done in respect to the type of ceremony and age of the children. Can our family (parents, grandparents, siblings) participate? Yes, inclusion of family members or your friends is a wonderful way to create a meaningful ceremony. A member of my family has passed away. Is there a way to honor their memory at the ceremony? Yes, this is the beautiful thing about Life-Cycle Celebrant® ceremonies. We can discuss the different options to include someone who has died or cannot attend the ceremony for other reasons.
Can our pets participate? If the venue allows pets, then we can create a ceremony to include them.