"Stephen made our dream of a beach wedding in Lorne the most magical reality. We came to him with the anxious desire to bring forward our wedding (we had lockdown uncertainty) and he was able to assist us with everything we wanted in a very calming, honest, and genuinely loving way. He helped us to translate our love for each other into words we could share with our closest family. It was the most amazing day in the most exquisite surrounds. Thank you Stephen. (9th February 2021)" - Jessica M
"Stephen was fantastic! He worked well with my husbands sister who was also helping with the ceremony. He is so positive, caring and heartfelt person and he assisted with the rehearsal ad everyone loved being around him and projected such a great energy on the day. It was wonderful day. " - Sophie J.
"It is my honour to write this testimonial for Stephen Hishon, whom I have know for some years now.
It is not common enough, sadly, to meet people of Stephen's ethical and compassionate nature.
To have this wisdom, creativity and knowledge in a person so as to minimise and serve the concerns for our loved ones at end of life; is a most calming gem.
Stephen continues to expand his experience and knowledge in all rites of passage, from birth to death.
Stephen's humility and authenticity is seen from the get go and I am confident of the quality that he will give to anyone I choose to refer to him." - Annie W. - Monash Health
"Stephen Hishon’s expert, thorough and gentle guidance through the process of preparing for our special celebration, and his capacity to help us sculpt a personalised, beautiful and deeply moving ceremony was extraordinary. In the beginning, we hadn’t intended an elaborate ceremony but Stephen’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and commitment to his role made it irresistible. We’ve never been more affirmed or had our relationship more respectfully acknowledged and recognised. Stephen believes in love and we believe in love. Love is the human experience which transcends all boundaries. Thank you, Stephen, we could not have asked for a more beautiful celebration of our love." - Anne & Edie T.
"Stephen was lovely. He helped us in renewing our vows and is now going to be doing my daughters wedding so I do highly recommend him! Our ceremony was a perfect surprise organised by Stephen and my husband. He is fantastic! " - Frank & Chris W.
"I have really appreciated working alongside Stephen in his role as a funeral celebrant, over the last few years. Nothing is too much trouble and his professionalism and willingness to go that extra mile to really get to know the family and extended family is what helps him create such meaningful , fitting funerals. He has a real passion for this work and it shows." - Louise K. - Kings Funerals Geelong
"Recently my brother died after a long period of complicated health issues. Stephen Hishon was the celebrant of Michael’s memorial service and later his burial. Stephen sat with us round the kitchen table with a gentle capacity to listen attentively and respectfully as we spoke of our desire to celebrate Michael’s life. Stephen witnessed many candid comments, sadness, laughter, and a deep desire for us to honour Michael’s life in way that he would want. We were all moved by the ‘freedom’ given us by Stephen in creating a ritual that was meaningful for us all. We all felt comfortable and absolutely confident of the confidentially of these ‘kitchen table conversations.’ I was touched by Stephens gently questions that brought forward deeper possibilities as we sat around the table. He had a capacity to be present yet not dominant, holding great respect for all that was unfolding. Stephen took notes as we spoke and together we wove a memorial and burial service just right for Michael. He went away and ‘typed up’ a framework for the services and again invited us to change, add, remove or whatever he had created. Stephen has a gentle, sure presence and for this we were all extremely grateful. I have no hesitation in recommending Stephen. " - Jennifer C.
"Stephen is very open. He provided 1000's of suggestions, was really flexible and ties everything together really beautifully. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is after a personalised ceremony that truly encapsulates who they are as a couple." - Amelia W.
"I have known Stephen Hishon for some years. He has assisted on occasions in our work as holistic funeral directors however his passion lies in serving the community through advocacy and Celebrancy. In addition to his Celebrant training, Stephen has trained as a death doula and completed several other relevant training courses. Stephen takes his role seriously and is highly professional. He is beautifully presented and speaks with passion and authenticity.
Stephen has always shown an empathy and understanding when working with the bereaved. This allows Stephen to understand a unique perspective. His compassion and interpersonal skills, his empathy and ability to present the celebration of the life of a loved one is a gift . His ethics mean each ceremony is unique and heartfelt and a true representation of the life to be celebrated. I would highly trust any referral to Stephen. " - Libby M. - Natural Grace
"We were just so delighted. We had a renewal ceremony. We didn't realise how special it would be. Stephen helped us in organising. He had our guests crying and laughing. He really involved us. He didn't take over but just led us in tailoring a ceremony that meant a lot to us. He brought us back to what the real meaning of our marriage is. Thanks Stephen for making it so special for us." - Janeen & Bill K.
"Stephen is very genuine. He listened to exactly what we wanted and delivered an amazing personal ceremony. " - Matthew F.
"We just wanted to thankyou most sincerely for everything you have done to make our wedding ceremony so special. We really appreciate the time and effort you have taken to make sure our wedding celebration was everything we had hoped. Thankyou for helping us to mark this special occasion as a night we will never forget. We are so grateful to you both.
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Many thanks," - Emma
We were just discussing you last night and you have made it into the photo album . Thanks again for your professional and warm manner that helped make our wedding such a special day." - Bruce