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Choosing a Funeral Celebrant

Celebrant, Reyad Hage

Reyad Hage is an experienced funeral director, funeral care provider, and funeral celebrant with over 16 years of experience in the industry. He has dedicated his career to helping families navigate the difficult process of saying goodbye to their loved ones with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Reyad’s passion for funeral service began when he was asked to help a friend who owned a funeral home. From that moment on, he knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to helping others in their time of need.

Throughout his career, Reyad has worked with families from all walks of life and has gained a reputation for his caring and empathetic approach to funeral service. He is skilled in all aspects of funeral care, from preparing and presenting the deceased to guiding families through the planning process and ensuring that every detail is taken care of.

As a funeral celebrant, Reyad has a deep respect for the diverse cultures, religions, and traditions of the families he serves. He is able to create meaningful and personalised funeral services that honour the life and legacy of the deceased and provide comfort and closure to the bereaved.

Reyad is committed to continuing his education and staying up to date on the latest developments in funeral service. He attends industry conferences and seminars regularly to expand his knowledge and skills.

In his personal life, Reyad enjoys spending time with his family and giving back to his community. He volunteers with several local organisation and is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of those around him.

Reyad’s years of experience, dedication, and compassion make him an outstanding funeral professional who is committed to providing exceptional service to every family he serves.


Celebrant, Rod Schafferius

I havRod Schafferiuse worked in the Funeral industry since 2000 and have served many families in their time of need in Brisbane Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast and surrounds…

Saying farewell to our loved ones is perhaps the most important event in life in regard to family coming together and paying their respects.  We only have one opportunity to say farewell and do it well.

Listening and communicating has always been one of my strengths, and I have the ability to build strong connections and relationships with people. I have  had extensive experience and understanding of Indigenous and cultural events and will always ensure services are conducted in accordance with traditions, customs and rituals.

If you are planning a funeral, memorial service or giving a loved one their final farewell, I can, in conjunction with the funeral director, guide you, support you and deliver a service befitting the occasion.

When it comes to those special needs at the time of the most important moments in life, talk to me….. I will dedicate my time, expertise and guidance to provide you with an event to remember.


Dear Rod
I would like to thank you for your presentation and help for Bill’s funeral.  I appreciated the way in which you stood back and let the boys pour out their emotions, and in doing so it helped me.
It was special to see his boys and grandsons carrying his coffin to the car and be driven off.
Knowing that there are sad times ahead for me for awhile, I am grateful that I have family and good friends around me.  Thank you for all that you have done.
Helen and family

On behalf of Ben, Aidan and myself, I wish to convey our deepest gratitude for the way you conducted her service today.
You treated Lucy with so much dignity and respect.
I will always be grateful for your efforts today, the days already past and the days ahead.
May you truly be blessed.
Thank you again.
Murry McCormick

Rod Schafferius – Celebrant


Celebrant, Anna Heriot

Anna will listen carefully and work with you to create an occasion to celebrate the unique journey of your special someone, personally guiding you through the process to create the ceremony that is right for you.

Her Background and Process

From the traditional rituals of her country childhood, to travel, study and work with many different cultures, Anna skillfully blends traditions with modern life to honour your beloved one.  She meets with you, family and friends, to hear what you want and respond with reflections, information and insights that assist you.  You and all who grieve with you, can know you have done them proud, honoured their life with all the ups and downs of their living, and sent them on their way well.

When Planning Your Own Funeral

Anna will meet you to create the ceremony together, perhaps including family and friends, and then conduct the ceremony.  You can be confident you are ‘leaving the place tidy’, sharing your life stories, and leaving special messages, passing on something of the wisdom of the mysteries of living and dying to comfort those who are left behind and those who are next in line.

If There Is To Be No Formal Funeral

Should your loved one direct that there shall be no funeral, for whatever reason, you can meet with Anna to design and deliver a memorial gathering in a place and at a time that suits you.  It may be an anniversary, or the scattering of the ashes in a special place.  You can include your children and grandchildren, family and friends, thereby honouring your loved one in your own way and comforting each other as you come to terms with the world without them.

Some Evaluations

“Anna has a presence that is both calming and guiding.  Although we had a firm belief of how we wanted to celebrate Mum’s life, Anna had considerations and suggestions that both complemented and completed the day.  Anna made sure that Mum, her family, and friends were not just part of a process.”

It helped me enormously to be able to focus on Anna and her clear voice and to really listen to the words. I already knew what to expect, and that was calming. Everyone said how well she did and how meaningful it was – just the right amount of ceremony and light-heartedness.”

Anna turned up and made it happen. We needed a leader at that stage and she was the leader. We very much needed a leader, a coordinator to pull it all together. It was healing. A sense of completion brought everything together.”

Anna Heriot Funerals and Memorials


Celebrant, Pamela McDonald

Pamela McDonald My name is Pamela McDonald, and I’m originally from Scotland but have been lucky enough to call Queensland home now for over 27 years.

My career for the last 40 years was as a Registered Nurse specialising in Emergency, Aged Care and Palliative Care.

In 2015, I became a Funeral Celebrant, and since then, I have had the privilege of helping many families in the Brisbane areas, as well as the Sunshine and Gold Coast. 

My vast nursing experience has assisted me in my role as a Funeral Celebrant as it has given me the ability to connect and build strong relationships with people, along with the insightfulness, compassion and sincerity required to help families during such a difficult time.

I am instinctively respectful and grateful for the stories and wisdom that people have to share, and my wish for the families I support is to honour, celebrate and show gratitude for their loved ones’ life.

During our conversations, I encourage families to share those insights, as this enables me to create a farewell that reflects and befits your loved one.

I am also available for non-ceremonial or private memorial services.


Celebrant, Peter McCarthy

For Assistance In Choosing A Funeral Celebrant Please Call The Swanborough Team On 1800 100 411