David Hutchinson

funeral celebrant


 Since 2008 I’ve had the honour of telling more than a thousand tales for the people of Melbourne once their final deeds were done.

I’m a friendly guide, helping folks of all natures and statures to recall, reflect upon and tell their loved one’s story. Together we strive to sincerely represent each person’s life on the day of their funeral service, which hopefully also helps you through the process of grieving their loss. Occasionally the deceased rocked a few boats, but we always find a way to tell those stories too, ideally with both candour and compassion.

Together we'll create a funeral service that we’re proud to deliver for the community you’ve lived your lives with. A funeral with substance, inspiration and wit. A funeral with no standardised eulogy templates. Every eulogy is entirely original. 

In an era when life is speeding up, I’ll help you take time to remember, reflect, grieve, savour and celebrate. Together we’ll create an occasion that sits in a comfortable nook in each of your hearts.

I also provide services for the living. Scroll down to find out more about a:
  • pre-arranged eulogy;
  • record your own story session; or 
  • biography workshop.
And finally, just for a little added kitty kitsch, the fur and whiskers you see in the background on this site are from our very own pussycats. You'll see me brushing it off my suit before every meeting!

Scroll down for more on funeral and biographical services.

Hi David,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Your eulogy for Dad was absolutely wonderful and just perfect for him. He would have loved it! Many of our friends asked us if you actually knew him yourself and they were very surprised to learn that this wasn't the case. 

You were just the right person for Dad's send-off - just the right amount of humour and such an engaging speaker. Neil and I are so happy that you were able to do this for us.
Warm Regards,
Lorraine Gamble
July 2016


On behalf of myself and family, we want to thank you for running such a touching service for my father on Wednesday. We were so pleased with the way you worked to make it an uplifting occasion and managed to get all the details just right in terms of dad's biography - quite a talent after just one meeting!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Dad would have loved your style.
Katie Johns
July 2016

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