I recently retrained to be a celebrant after spending over 35 years working in the hospitality trade. Professionally I have a wealth of experience in running my own businesses, service, training, staff welfare, communications, day to day and crisis management. I consider myself to be a consummate professional, organised, warm, empathetic, an intuitive ‘people person’ and am sensitive enough to be able to adapt to an individual’s needs and wishes.
My natural intuition and empathy have developed through spiritual growth and daily disciplines of yoga and meditation.
Choosing to embark on a professional career in celebrancy was borne from a combination of factors – my own life experience of living in different parts of the world and being immersed in different cultures and traditions, my personal ethics and values, my own experience of death and grief and the inherent notion that dying is a natural part of the circle of life and, for most belief systems, a stage leading to rebirth of whatever form one believes in.
I have chosen the path of practising as a funeral celebrant because I feel that supporting people in their time of grief and crisis and facilitating a natural and fitting end to their physical journey in our wonderful world is an honour and a worthy way to use my gifts. Spending time with families and connecting with them and providing them with a ceremony that enables them to heal and their loved one to be honoured in dignity is a wonderful vocation.
I have completed the Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, am an Associate member of the National Association of Funeral Directors and am a member of Dying Mattters, supporting the Natural Death Centre.