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About Us

Our History

Do not turn away from the fact of death, but together make gentle its effect.

LibbyMy husband died when I was 26 years old, and our daughter was just 2. Whilst professionally arranged, his funeral was less than what he deserved. That’s why — after years of research exploring rituals and practices of cultures throughout the world — I founded Natural Grace, Australia’s first holistic funeral practice.

I wanted to give grieving families comfort and support but mostly I believed it was possible for families to care for their own dead and to lead their own ceremonies; that natural cremation and burial was legal and possible and that with some gentle care, families could authentically say goodbye to the person they have loved.

Our first funeral was for the 7-year-old daughter of my oldest friend. Since then, we have cared for hundreds of families, helping them honour and celebrate lives with beautiful, meaningful and eco-friendly funerals.      

~ Libby Moloney, Founder ~

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Meet our caring and experienced
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Libby Moloney

Holistic Funeral Director

Founder and Managing Director of Natural Grace, Libby will gently and respectfully walk alongside you on this important journey.

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Joe Flynn

Chief Care Officer

Jacqui-Morgan

Jacqui Morgan

Holistic Funeral Director and Mortician

Co-owner of Natural Grace and our holistic mortician, Jacqui will work with you to provide a gentle and honouring transition. She is also a holistic funeral director who can walk with you through difficult and heart-breaking circumstances

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Jodie Ritchie

Finance and HR Lead

With an extensive professional career in senior business management, finance and human resource management, Jodie brings her breadth of skills and empathic, compassionate and heart-felt service to our team and to the families in our care.

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Melinda Whyman

Holistic Funeral Director & Adult Care Team Lead (Melbourne)

With a professional background in holistic medicine and many years’ experience as a childbirth doula and facilitator of ritual and ceremony, Melinda brings a natural sense of calm, safety and reverence to the end-of-life space.

In addition to her work as a Holistic Funeral Director for young people and adults, Melinda is a member of our baby care team.

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Bonita Ralph

Holistic Funeral Director and Baby Care Team Lead

Bonita leads our baby team in Brunswick East, as well as caring for families with adult deaths. She believes that whilst no words are ever enough in these moments, you will be given the space, time and options to discover what it is that you need and want. And that holistic care for you, your child and your community is essential to navigating your way through this time.

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Keran Barrett

Practice Co-ordinator (Macedon Ranges)

Based in our Macedon Ranges Sanctuary, Keran will most often answer your call and will gently guide and support you in your initial search for information. You will be cared for whether you’re a family at need, or are simply pre-planning for the future. 

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Kim Brown

Practice Co-ordinator (Melbourne)

Kim supports our Melbourne team that cares for adults and also babies. She will gently answer your questions and and answer your initial search for information. Kim will work diligently and compassionately to ensure you are fully supported at all times.

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Annie Fogarty

Holistic Funeral Guide

Annie Fogarty is a qualified yoga teacher, childbirth educator, doula and calm birth practitioner. She is part of our baby team who looks after families who experience the loss of a baby, before, or after birth. Annie also supports our broader team.

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Kiara Kurz-Feyl

Funeral Director's Assistant

Kiara is a valued member of our Melbourne-based care team that helps create seamless set-ups at funeral and memorial venues, as well as ensuring our guests are driven safely to their destinations.

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Casey Cleaver

Trainee Mortician

Deb Burvill

Debbie Burvill

Funeral Attendant and Driver

Deb is a stalwart of our Macedon Ranges-based care team that helps create seamless set-ups at funeral and memorial venues, as well as ensuring our guests are driven safely to their destinations.

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Terry Franklin

Funeral Attendant and Driver

Terry ensures our guests are driven with care and respect to their various destinations.

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Our Values & Model of Care

As members of the National Funeral Directors Association of Australia, we adhere to the code of ethics that include:

  • To provide a high standard of facilities which are adequately equipped for all services provided.
  • To provide staff who are well trained and experienced in all aspects of the funeral profession.
  • To always be scrupulous in the confidentiality of client’s personal information.
  • To give a written, itemised estimate of costs when required by families at the time of taking instruction.
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How We Give Back

We believe in giving back to our community. This is done by providing financial support or donations in kind where we give other organisations the use of our facilities to support their endeavours.