Well, it has been an amazing journey as I transformed from a Maths teacher to become a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, a career that was so far removed from my usual job of teaching mathematics and managing staff. As much as I loved being a teacher, I have never regretted the change of direction in my life as I have so much fun helping couples to marry and celebrate their special day.
Over the years, I have helped young singles marry for the first time through to older couples finding love a second, third and in some cases, a fourth time! From brides and grooms in their twenties through to loved up couples in their eighties, each wedding has been unique and thoroughly enjoyable. I am so privileged to be involved in a beautiful significant life event as a couple says “I Do’ and I get to make it happen for them!
Then, I was drawn to officiate at funerals to provide an alternative to church services. You know something?
I love doing funerals and memorials.
Well, bizarre as it sounds, it has been an extraordinary ride I have been on since I started doing funerals. Funerals have had the most impact on myself, sending me in directions that I never thought I would ever go to. Such as a short stint as a funeral director. Enjoyable as that time was, it reinforced that I preferred the flexibility of being a celebrant with full control of how I spent each day. Being a funeral director gave me valuable knowledge of the funeral industry plus many valuable contacts within the industry. Funeral directors often get a poor image but most do a wonderful job within the parameters of their positions and demands of their companies.
As a funeral celebrant, I get to be part of a very special time for families as they grieve the loss of someone they love. I take my responsibility seriously as I am privileged to be involved with families at a very intimate and painful time for them. Families accept me graciously into their homes and share the stories of a life lived by the deceased. I hope that I help them a little bit in honouring their loved one through the ‘Celebration of Life” ceremony that I create for them.
The testimonials from my clients reinforces that I made the right decision many years ago to become a celebrant. What do I get from being a celebrant? Lots of personal satisfaction knowing that I am giving back to my community by helping people to celebrate two of the most significant events in their lives- weddings or funerals. As I continue to deliver ceremonies, I am exploring a new direction to better inform people about planning ‘end of life’ celebrations before they are confronted with the situation.