jacqui chaplin

…making end of life experiences easier for everyone.

plans & celebrates
unique & tailored
funerals, memorials, cremation services,
burials & releasing of ashes ceremonies

Jacqui Chaplin is a warm and compassionate funeral celebrant in Melbourne and its surrounds.

Metro Melbourne & surrounds

For a unique and tailored farewell service
for your loved one
please call Jacqui Chaplin on +61 (0)412 741 531
…making end of life experiences easier for everyone.

What people say about Jacqui…

In March 2021, Chris wrote

Dear Jacqui,
I just wanted to say thank you for giving two great services.
My mum would have really enjoyed both of them. She would also have really liked you as a person.
My Dad, brother and I are glad that we were recommended you as a celebrant,
Kind Regards
Chris 😊

This next testimonial from a while back… but I am so proud of it I thought I’d post it now!

In December 2019, Neil wrote

Thanks so much Jacqui, I was meaning to send you an email as in the rush on Thursday. I forgot to thank you personally as you left . I was really pleased with the atmosphere you created and I received so many positive comments from my family and friends , such things as “ this is the best and most celebratory funeral we have ever attended “, etc etc . 
Thanks heaps for the way you managed everything, and your sensitivity, compassion, enthusiasm and kindness . You did an amazing job, and it made an emotional sad day much easier for me.
I know Wal would have been very pleased with his send-off.
Thanks again for everything,
Sincere kind regards, Neil 

In September 2020, Jill wrote:

Hi Jacqui
I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful service you designed and led for Joanie yesterday. … I loved your approach to grieving/ the purpose of life/ your poems/ your compassion. She would have too.
I thought you might appreciate the comments Liz, the Art teacher sent to me…
“…I thought the celebrant was excellent, and so in tune with Joanie’s life.
A glass of champagne around her flower covered coffin, with sun streaming in through the window was a joyful sight…

In July 2020, Tina’s family wrote:

Thank you kindly for the support you gave Myself and Dad over the duration of my mothers send off. Your professionalism, kindness and ability to understand what Mum’s story and journey was incredible whilst turning it into an inspiring service that whole heartedly captured our family morals was just incredible. 
I also, kindly, thank you so much for the memorial book. I love the images and the photos. My Mum’s brother and sister will treasure this keepsake for many, many years.
Mum always helped those who needed it and that’s why she always has a place in all of our hearts, and now you do too, for the help you have given to my whole family.
Thank you, thank you, thank you from both Dad and myself for making this experience a peaceful, calm and beautiful one.

In July 2020, Jen’s family wrote:

We cannot thank you enough for for your help care and attention to detail in preparing for Jen’s celebration. You have a real gift and we are so glad you came into our lives at this hard time.
Your support enabled us to get through. We have received so many compliments about the service and how well you led it.
We feel that with your help we did the very best we could.
Warmest regards
Gerry and Wally

In May 2020, Gerald wrote:

Thank you and I will get [this commemorative book] to our family and friends who couldn’t be there on the day. Also, for your help and putting a beautiful service together, it was very appreciated by all of us.

In April 2020, Jan wrote:

Thank you Jacqui for thinking of us at this time.  A beautiful gift to the family to keep in our family tree collection and to bring out occasionally to reflect on.
You did a wonderful job at Randolph’s funeral and we will certainly let the relevant entities know how wonderful you really were.
Many thanks once again.

In January 2020, Evelyn wrote:

Thank you Jacqui,
That (the Commemorative Booklet delivered) is a beautiful gesture. Tim and I appreciate the thought, and your light heartedness during the time.
Thanks again,
Evelyn and Tim

In December 2019, Vikki wrote:

Kelvin and I would like to say thank you very much for your kind words today and at Ron’s service. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. 
Cheers Vikki and Kelvin and family xx

In October 2019, Ryan wrote:

Hi Jacqui,
Thank you for this (the commemorative book you prepared) and all of your help.  I don’t have a lot of words at the moment apart from thank you, so thank you… it’s appreciated. 

In September 2019, Dason wrote:

“Hi Jacqui
Thank you for the lovely service to send Dad off . We had lots of positive comments on how well the service was conducted.

In August 2019, Franziska wrote:

On behalf of the family, I want to thank you for your service for our mother Elma. The tone was perfect, and your summary of Elma’s life painted a strong picture of who she was. I know it cannot be easy to find just the right temperature, but you did. Thank you – much appreciated.

In August 2019, Arthur wrote:

“I really wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of all of us. Your warmth, experience, knowledge and compassion whilst being firm, direct and providing astute advice at a time we are at our worst was amazing. The commemoration and celebration of our dad’s life was made as good as this part of life can be, was a direct result and entirely due to your wise counsel. 

Even people in attendance were amazed, being of Greek Heritage,  the traditional morbid funerals most people experience was pleasantly transformed by the service you put together. Both family and friends commented on how much more comforting the experience was. You captured our desire to not just grieve, but rather help us all appreciate how “Jimmy”, our dad had touched us in his own special way. You truly have a gift. 
Thank you again

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Jacqui’s services go to testimonials.

In November 2018, John wrote:

“Just a quick note to say thank you for your assistance with the arrangements for Bette’s service yesterday.  It went beautifully and so many people commented what a lovely celebration it was.  I was honoured to be a part of it.  Best wishes,  John”

In September 2018, Neil wrote:

“Hi Jacqui,
I am sorry I am a bit late with this message but it has been a hectic couple of weeks. I would like to thank you for the great job you did at my mum’s service. I think you did a great job in piecing together the information on mum’s life. Your assistance was very appreciated in such a stressful time. Cheers Neil”

In February 2018, Greg wrote:

“Hi Jacqui
Many thanks … I would just like to re-iterate my sincere thanks for Tuesday’s service at both Tobin Brothers and at the graveside. You did a fantastic job and I have received nothing but positive feedback from family and friends who attended. 
kind regards Greg”

In January 2018, Marls wrote:

That’s… absolutely fabulous, you have done a wonderful job with it all! It puts the icing on the cake! So to speak , every thing falling into place ! A wonderful send off for Paul so thank you very much for that! Take care Marls Kent and family xx 😀😁💞🙋‍♀️”

In January 2018, Graham wrote:

“Dear Jacqui
A belated word of thanks for helping us through.
We appreciate how fortunate were were to have had your services.
I know you had to work late to be ready for the funeral.
Regards Graham & Caroline Jenner”

For many more testimonials about
Jacqui’s services go to testimonials.

In October 2017, Warren wrote:

“Dear Jacqui

I am so glad we chose you.

Sophie’s service was beautiful. The way you modulated the emotion in the room with your delivery, and supported us all, was fantastic. Your words and choice of other people’s words was just right. People have been quoting bits of the service back to me ever since. We have had so many comments about what a beautiful service it was. And people who did not know Sophie personally came away saying that they felt like they now did. What could be better than that?

The worst day of my life was the day we lost our daughter. I thought the funeral service was going to be the hardest, and in some respects it was. But it was also beautiful in so many ways. And being surrounded by so many people who had been touched by Sophie and loved her and us was truly comforting.

What you do is so incredibly brave and important. I hope that gives you so much satisfaction.

Thank you for your support all the way through this. Your engagement and compassion was so appreciated.

With the the greatest respect and appreciation.

– Warren”

In September 2017, Christina wrote:

“A true professional – exceptional service:

Jacqui was exceptional in helping us prepare a wonderful celebration for the life of a loved one. Nothing was too much trouble, and was contactable at all times. She took such care in getting to know us as a family, as well as our passed loved one, and helped us with planning the perfect service.

On the day of her service, Jacqui was amazing. She paid tribute such a beautiful way, and supported us all in being a part of it. You made the day perfect. Jacqui. I hope we don’t need your services for a long time (as we never want to say goodbye to loved ones), but you will be the person we call when the time arises. Thank you for making such a sad day special.” 

In August 2017 Dean wrote:

“Thank you Jacqui – extremely professional and thank you so much for your friendship and support on the day, we really appreciate it. Thanks so much. 

Regards Dean and Family”

In July 2017 Robyn wrote:

“Many thanks for all your care compassion and assistance during the planning of Dad’s service. You really did a wonderful job in telling Dad’s story.

Again, thank you for everything you made the service seamless and that was much appreciated.”

For many more testimonials about
Jacqui’s services go to testimonials.

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