Funeral Director, Celebrant and Death midwife, Melissa Halliday provides a warm hearted, supportive and wholistic approach to end of life care and her funeral ceremony work to ensure that your loved one’s life is not only celebrated, respected and cherished but that families feel comforted and included in the whole process.
Melissa has loads of experience in traditional as well as alternative funeral ceremonies that allow families to celebrate a life in uplifting albeit less traditional ways- from encouraging family and friends to decorate a coffin whilst listening to their favourite music to designing ceremonies that allow creative participation alongside the laughter and tears.
In Melissa’s words: “ I know I have truly honoured and captured a life well lived when a friend of the family comes up after the ceremony and assumes I’m an old family friend because I brought them to life with an attention to detail that amazed them.
I love this work and it’s an honour to serve families who are grieving and need guidance at such a tender time. It continually delights me to see how much healing and happiness comes to families who feel their loved one has had the best possible send off.”
What families have said about Melissa:
“Melissa’s professionalism outshines most & you can be assured that she will go out of her way for any special requests you may have & make them happen. I had many people approach me after my mother’s and my husband’s Services to tell me how impressed they were with the way Melissa conducted the service. Melissa is not only very professional, she is also very warm, gentle & caring. I would recommend Melissa Halliday to anyone out there that is looking for one of the best to be celebrant for their loved ones funeral.” – Vicky, Wife of Ray
“I would like to acknowledge the sensitive care and support you have given me over the toughest period of my life, in losing my mother to cancer. Melissa was thoughtful and respectful and always available to help. Melissa is an experienced professional that from my perspective was just born to do this line of work. I will happily recommend her service to anyone and she is worth every cent. Without a doubt in my mind an industry leader in her field of work, that has the heart and soul of an angel.” – David, Son of Margaret