Celebrations of Life and Memorial Ceremonies

When a Memorial Service or Celebration of Life is informed by the story of a life lived, it becomes powerful and inspiring. Healing. Our ceremonial vision as Funeral Celebrants is to help you begin to live in a world without your loved one. We do this through the sharing of stories and memories.

The days after a death feel surreal. Mysteriously suspended. There is a certain quality of time being slowed down.  Before a  memorial ceremony comes this sacred and intimate family time; a time to set aside the world and share memories.

In the comfort of your own home, we help you illuminate your loved one in the fullness of his or her personality. As experienced and deeply kind Funeral Celebrants, there is no need to pretend to be okay for us when you can hardly brush your teeth. And yet, you may be surprised how laughter bubbles up through your tears as we remember together.

We guide and listen beyond our ears to learn about the ways your loved one sparkled, but also about the contradictions and quirks that made them – ‘them‘.  Then we go into our own visioning space to dedicate our time and energy into weaving your thoughts, words, and memories into a ceremony absolutely unique to your parent, spouse, child, sibling, friend. You are part of it, checking to make sure we’ve got it right. And you’ll have time to consider our ideas on including other speakers, meaningful ritual, literary readings, and incorporating your spirituality if you wish.

The day of the ceremony, we are there to reassure you that you can do this. And when the ceremony begins, you’ll be comforted by how we hold the space through our presence and our words, setting the tone in a warm and generous way to help everyone present feel welcome and part of something bigger.

Over the years, it’s become increasingly rare in our society to come together with family and friends and open our hearts as a community.  And yet these collective emotional experiences are among the most powerful.  Humans yearn for stories… real stories about real people who lived perfectly and imperfectly.  Each life and the way it is lived is uniquely different and extraordinary in its own way. Your loved one’s story matters.  It is a tremendous privilege to help you tell it.

Celebrant Michele welcomes you to connect about how we can work alongside you to create a Memorial Ceremony or Celebration of Life that will be a touchstone for you as you mourn.  604-992-4217 or email her michele@moderncelebrant.ca. We also do Committal Ceremonies (scattering of ashes and burials.)

A little bit about us before you go

For Michele Davidson, Modern Celebrant’s founder, the call to ceremonial practice came as a result of the death of her dearest friend by suicide. Grief stricken, finding a way forward ultimately meant transforming her sadness into something of service to others. She left a perfectly lovely career for an even better one, founding Modern Celebrant to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.  Whether through birth, marriage, or death… Modern Celebrant exists today to tell the real life stories of the remarkable people who find their way to us. Funeral Celebrants Janis Horne and Marcia Thomson on our team feel exactly the same way. You can read more about us on the Meet our Team page.


“Your words really captured the complexity of our relationship and feelings in a sensitive and thoughtful way. You have a really beautiful and calming presence which so helped us through a difficult time. I wish you so much happiness and peace! – Chandra

“The day after my husband’s Celebration of Life, I find myself writing to thank you for being the answer everyone needed at a time like this. Your strength and assurance highlighted Percy as a one-of-a-kind man, immensely appreciated for what he was. Thank you for truly being with us on this important day!” — Angie & family

“Thank you so much for the amazing Celebration of Life service for Dad. I’ve received many many compliments on the sincerity of the ceremony and how totally appropriate it was for Dad. As a Funeral Celebrant and immensely gracious human, I appreciate how gracefully you walked the line between honesty and respectfulness.” — David


A Note about Cremation and Burial Care:  Many of our clients reach out to us prior to a death, when their loved one is nearing the end of their life’s journey.  Our wish always is to help ease this transition with information regarding the care of the body after death.  With our whole hearts we recommend KORU Cremation, an independent, local, and all-female team.