Death Walker – I am with you
Inspired and instructed by Zenith Virago from the Natural Death Care Centre, I became a Death Walker.
- It’s someone who helps a person make plans for dying, walks them through the journey so that they can transition without fear, supports the family and then helps them make personalised arrangements for the body and lastly hosts the funeral as a celebrant.
- It’s like being a midwife but for the dying or a personal mobile funeral planner. Then I’d stay on as a celebrant for the funeral and facilitate a meaningful send-off.
Meet Alana, your death guide & organiser
So, what’s a professional marriage celebrant like me doing a thing like death? Well I’ll tell you!
Years ago after being married myself and having attended a bunch of weddings, I was feeling duped when I learned all the ins and outs of what ‘the Man’ made us think had to happen at a wedding, what the State of Queensland legally required for a marriage to take place versus the dreams, hope and wishes couples and families would like to have as part of their wedding day. I’ve had a rep for being a funny celebrant / storyteller for quite a while now.
Fast forward to now, I’m older, have professional experience with working with families and personal experience with special needs, disabilities and inclusive with young people. I’ve had losses. I’ve seen illness progress to death. I’ve heard news of tragedy and I’ve smiled at the thought of the full life that was lived and laughed a belly laugh at old memories of people I’ve loved for a very long time.
In the same way I wanted to empower couples to get married and celebrate in the ways that suited their personalities and families best, I now offer myself and the things I’ve learnt along the way to help individuals and families tackle death, dying and funerals.
Me being me, I like ceremonies and rituals to be something a whole tribe can participate in and I want loved ones to know they can be involved as little or as much as they’d like to be while knowing I’m ready to jump in and help at any time. I encourage people to be inclusive, and let kids and music add colour and meaning to ceremonies.
"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." Frieda Kahlo
Thank you to artist Heather Galler for allowing the use of her image "Folk Art Parrots" on this website and supporting me so that people can be less fearful about the dying experience and to enjoy the beauty around them.