... is the name I chose for my celebrant practice because of the special times in our lives for those important ‘rites of passage’ to celebrate life — whether it is new life, or a new life together with that special person, or a life that has been lived and deserves to be remembered and acknowledged with love and dignity. It has been such privilege for me to share such ‘life points’ with many people and I hope I can be of help to you.
I am available in Perth for Funeral, Wedding and Commitment Ceremonies; Renewal of Marriage Vows; Naming Ceremonies; Memorial Services; the preparation of tributes, eulogies and obituaries; and advance preparation of funeral ceremonies.
Marriage for Same Sex and other LBGQTI couples
Now that Australia's Marriage Act 1961 has been changed to recognise the marriage of any two people, I welcome your inquiry for a ceremony with many family and friends, or something smaller — 'registry' style. See'Latest News' for more information.
I have always lived in Perth and began my celebrant practice in 2004. Before that I had a 35 year career as a teacher and within the Education Department head office. I am proud of my record of involvement in community service. The feedback I get tells me that people find my ceremonies to be personal, warm, friendly and professional.
Your wedding day promises to be a very special day for each of you and for your family and friends. My aim is to provide you with the Marriage Ceremony that captures your dreams and wishes. I provide couples with a basic ceremony outline which we then build up to suit your particular wishes for the day. Couples I have worked with have really appreciated the opportunity to personalise the ceremony and to design their own wording for key parts of the ceremony.
In my work as a funeral celebrant, I find that every situation is different. It’s important to achieve a balance, a celebration of a life that is treasured with the natural sadness of grief.
Most people have left behind wonderful tales of the things they have done. I find a great deal of fulfilment in learning their stories and helping to share them in a funeral service.
Australia now recognises that Marriage can be between any two people, regardless of sex or gender. Provided notice of at least one month is given to your celebrant, the way is now open for any committed couples to marry.
I welcome inquiries from you and your partner about the ceremony you would like to have. Just use the 'contact' links here in the website to start the ball rolling.
There is attractive pricing for a small 'registry' style ceremony at my home or yours.
— December 2017
A thought regarding MUSIC!
I was asked for some advice about suitable music for a Funeral Slideshow/DVD presentation.
I came up with these ideas, with a man who had been husband, father and grandfather in mind.
— October 2017
Thank you very much to Margaret for these kind words, sent from the USA ....
When my father passed away in August 2017 my family engaged Ken Booth to be the celebrant at his funeral. We wanted a non-religious, respectful service that celebrated my father’s life through the eyes of the family. Ken did a superb job; I can’t recommend him enough.
He was outstanding in his help with the organisation of the funeral and even though I live in California, he made sure that I was an integral part of all the planning and decision making that preceded the funeral itself. The funeral was to be live-streamed so that I and other family members could watch it direct wherever we lived in the US or Europe.
Turning to the actual ceremony, Ken did such a good job that you would be forgiven for assuming he were a close confidant of my father. He spoke with great respect, and with kind thoughtful words about my father. He introduced family members who spoke to the assembled crowd, and then beautifully wrapped up the ceremony at the end. Ken was all that one could ever expect of a celebrant on such a sad occasion, but also one of many happy reflections.
— September 2017