Memorial Services

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Honoring those who have passed with aloha.

Mau ana ko makou manaʻo a me aloha me ʻoe.

Our thoughts and love are with you always.

If you are looking for a Minister to officiate a funeral, memorial, ashes ceremony or celebration of life on Maui or any of the Hawaiian islands, it would be my honor to be of service to you and your ʻohana (family).

My mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, and cultural background of your loved one and family.

As a minister, I honor death and celebrate life.

I am drawn to this work by the firm realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated and celebrated well.

I have experienced grief myself.

Memorials and celebrations of life ceremonies can be a valuable source of healing.

Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute can help ease the pain.

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About me

My name is Rev Julienne Givot (pronounced joo·lee·en gee-VO) and have been an ordained minister for over 20 years.

I believe in the importance of ceremony. Be it religious, spiritual or humanistic in nature, rituals and ceremonies return us to what is truly meaningful. They are as important to us today as they have been in the past. Participating in ceremony puts us in place of reverence outside of daily life.

Whether you come from a religious orientation, are agnostic, spiritual or even atheist, a ceremony to honor the loss of a loved one will be deeply meaningful. 

My ceremonies are customized to each person or family and can include rituals, chants, readings, and prayers from my training in spiritual, religious, and humanistic studies. I can also respectfully include elements of Hawaiian Culture that I have been taught by my generous kumus (teachers).

My services:

  • Officiating ash scattering ceremonies at sea by charter boat or outrigger canoe (Maui and other Hawaiian Islands)
  • Graveside ceremonies
  • Celebration of life gatherings
  • Custom ceremony creation & presentation
  • Officiating ceremonies written by friends or family members
  • Creating a music playlist on Spotify for the service & sharing with friends & family.
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Referrals – I can recommend trusted services for boat charter, outrigger canoe, musicians, florists, & videographers upon request. Some resources are below.

Fees – My fees are based on your ceremony needs and will be quoted to you before booking.

Please reach out to me by email revjulienne@gmail.com or call 510-813-4114 (9am-5pm M-F Hawaii standard time)

Memorial Resources & Information

Readings for Memorials

A list of readings to honor your loved one can be found here: https://revjulienne.com/readings-for-memorials/

Outline of My Ashes Scattering Ceremony on a Boat or Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe

  • Welcome  
  • Blowing of the conch shell 
  • Hawaiian chant of the ancestors 
  • Prayer, Reading and/or Song
  • A few words about the deceased loved one 
  • Optional brief shares by family & friends 
  • Optional 2nd reading prayer and/or Song
  • Scattering of flower petals 
  • Scattering / leaving of ashes with additional flowers – floating memorial flowers 
  • Hawaiian prayer / blessing
  • Moment of silence 
  • Weather & time depending the boat might circle the place where the ashes were left 4 times. 
  • Song(s) played – playlist begins  

Dove Release

Releasing doves as a part of a memorial service can be a beautiful symbolic gesture. Doves are a symbol of peace, love, freedom and Spirit. After release, these hand raised doves will fly back to their home. I can provide the doves and include this into any memorial service on Maui.

Flowers

I can work with a trusted local florist to arrange for floating memorial wreaths and eco-friendly lei that can safely be strewn in the water during the ceremony. Eco-lei start at $35 ea and a 12-16 inch floating memorial wreath start at $150 and are made of all natural materials that will biodegrade safely in the water and not harm ocean life.

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Pūʻolo, an eco-friendly Hawaiian Style Urn for ashes

Cremains can be transferred to a water-soluble bag and then wrapped with Hawaiian ti leaves called a pūʻolo which is eco-friendly and appropriate for an ashes ceremony at sea. They are frequently decorated with lei and flowers.

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