Stella’s Story


Presented with Linda Lee and Michelle Methven

When their two-year-old daughter was given just three months to live, Stella’s parents were determined that even if they “couldn’t add days to her life, they would add life to her days.” While planning the funeral with Stella’s family, Life-Cycle Celebrant Linda Stuart and funeral director Linda Lee came to learn valuable lessons in what it truly takes to help a family celebrate life while enduring such a devastating loss.

In this presentation, they share their experiences in order to inspire funeral and cemetery professionals to reevaluate the role they play with every family.

Stella’s Story was first presented at a funeral directors post-graduate conference in May 2014 at Humber College. They received overwhelmingly positive feedback and were encouraged to continue sharing their message with industry peers.

Stella’s Story has been presented to:

  • Humber College Post-Graduate Conference
  • British Columbia Funeral Association (BCFA)
  • Ontario Association of Funeral & Cemetery Professionals (OACFP)
  • Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC)
  • Funeral & Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (FCSCS)



“This riveting presentation will rekindle the passion for funeral service that lives within you while teaching you a new way of looking at how to approach your work. You will leave a changed person.”
~ Michelle Clarke, Funeral Service Education Co-ordinator, Humber College

“In May 2014, at Humber College’s Post Grad education day, I had the opportunity to hear Stella’s Story. The presentation surrounding the planning and execution of the Celebration of Life of young Stella Joy was not only the highlight of the day, but also one that sparked an ignition and validation of the passion of why we serve as funeral professionals. In a time when funeral service is facing challenges on so many fronts, most notably from the public as to the value of the ritual, as well as the value of what funeral professionals provide, the presentation is one that will highlight that value and the importance of working with families to understand their specific needs. The take-aways from the presentation will be many and will resonate with all that attend whether they are funeral directors, celebrants or cemeterians.”
~ Jennett Jackson, Publisher, “The Funeral Chronicle”

“I would most strongly recommend every association consider the presentation of “Stella’s Story” as part of their professional development. Every attendee will look deeply upon how they present themselves and how they offer every element of their service to others.”
~ Terry Eccles, Past President, Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals

“This impact of this presentation really goes beyond words.  It’s moving, poignant and a beautiful testament to what we as funeral professionals do every single day.  Listening to this presentation will inspire you to believe that the impact you make is more meaningful than you may have ever considered, and Stella’s story is one that will live in your heart forever.”
~Codi Shewan, C.F.S.P.President & Founder | EverLearn Associates

“I would suggest that every person answering a calling to serve in this great profession bear witness to Stella’s incredible story.”
~ Michael Hedden, President, Funeral Service Association of Canada

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