About Barefoot Funerals
A Local Business
Leonie started looking after the dying 28 years ago in San Francisco. She worked with a team of nurses helping dying people record their stories and wishes and liaising with the family. An Art Therapist, Registered Celebrant and Funeral Director. I have had some of the most beautiful experiences whilst working with dying people and their families. A home death and celebration of life can be very healing. I believe that there can be beautiful dignity in death. We work closely with the family to create meaningful ceremonies. I am very passionate about the family being able to choose what makes meaning for them.
Chucks' natural empathetic and professional way means that you receive honest and straightforward advice and support on all aspects of care. He believes that everyone deserves affordable, gentle and dignified service.
Baaligin/Bellingen shire has been home to Maya for over 20 years, in this time she has worked with various community organisations as a mentor, educator, and carer. She has a deep connection to nature and love being outdoors, Country is her solace, strength and joy.
Throughout life’s journey I often ask “what would love do now?”. Living into this question is deep and challenging and has led to many journeys and learnings.
Being present with people around the passage of death is a deep honour, and it is a great privilege to help people choose to say goodbye in a way which is meaningful to them, and to support them. At such a time I believe it is vital to act in a supportive and sensitive way. The qualities of listening, empathy and compassion are close to my heart. I feel it is important for us to reclaim the processes around death, so that we can bring ourselves and our loved ones home in the deepest sense.
We create healing moments by reflecting,remembering and honoring a life lived
Our philosophy is to allow families to reclaim the rightful control of the dying process and care of the deceased. Dying and death is a natural process. We can do traditional funeral services or help the family take care of their loved one at home.
Most families are not even aware they can legally be involved in the care of their loved one. We believe in the gentle honouring that is inherent in the dying process and in learning to embrace it as a natural part of life.
Barefoot Funerals is about choice. We hope that we can use our knowledge, care and professionalism to guide you and your family through a kind and gentle death experience. We can support this choice, allowing you to focus on self-care and celebrating the life of your loved one.
Many people ask us about our name - barefoot - to me it is about leaving as light a footprint as we can when we walk our earth, and leave our earth.
We help create inspirational and affordable funerals. We tailor everything we do to support the family in saying goodbye in an authentic way.
We are located in Bellingen. We provide service to Dorrigo, Bellingen, Urunga, Valla, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Macksville and of course other areas.
Dear Leonie and Chuck
We would like to thank you both for helping us through the most traumatic and saddest time of our
You supported us in the most bewildering and seemingly impossible time after the unexpected
death of my partner and father of my two daughters.
I can only say that you both listened to what we wanted for the final farewell of our beloved Coup.
I never knew that we could do an alternative and very personal funeral that suited our family and
that we didn’t have to follow the usual sterile formalities of a funeral service at a crematorium.
I am so grateful that you could give him the sendoff that he would of liked... this included keeping us
up to date with the process and legalities, allowing us to bring his body home in the beautiful hand
woven casket to say our goodbyes with family and friends, arranging for my sister and I to go to the
crematorium with a Buddhist practitioner to do a ritual during the actual cremation, conducting the
ceremony at Kalang hall and holding a beautiful space to celebrate Coups life.
We also feel supported in that you check on us regularly to see how we are and offer advice and
counseling to help us through this tough time.
The care and continuing help and support you have shown us will always be remembered and we
thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Deb, Momo and Roan
To Chuck and Leonie,
Thank you both so much for helping us navigate the waters of my mother’s final goodbye.
It was not an easy time for us and the journey had been long but when you both entered our home to discuss plans for what we wanted as a final send off for my beautiful mother we felt completely at ease. I knew she would be looked after with love and respect. Not only were you both exceptional with your communication and professionalism but you were also extremely real with your empathy towards myself and my family. I felt quite lost when Mum passed, so to have two people come in and be of service with kindness and knowledge really helped us all.
I will be forever grateful.
The Bluhdorn Family xx
We live in a very diverse community with many services that allow for loved ones to be cared for at home. We work with some great local people so you can feel safe and supported no matter your choices. All our staff are local members of our community. We cover Dorrigo, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Urungaa, Valla, Nambucca, Macksville and sometimes south of here.
We are proud to be a member of AIFP - for more information. https://www.aifp.org.au/
Leonie is also a certified grief educator.