I slept and dreamed that life was happiness, then I awoke and found out that life was service.

I served and found out that in service, happiness is found.

Rabindranath Tagore
Stephanie Longmuir

Each year I serve around 200 families as they try to navigate life's most difficult crossroad.

I am often asked how I manage working with so much grief and loss but I believe I have the best job. Why? Because I am able to help individuals and families through those difficult early days. I meet people whose paths I would never have crossed, hear their inspiring stories and then get to retell them. For a short period of time I become immersed in their family and their lives. I laugh with them, cry with them and am so enriched by them. I work with them to craft meaningful farewells and in the process provide a platform for their grief.

From a simple, private farewell to an event for hundreds I support and guide to create a perfect end of life ceremony. I recommend funeral professionals and other service providers; advise on venues; suggest music, readings, rituals, symbols and faith-based content; craft eulogies and tributes and coordinate family and friends to then lead, what I believe to be, life's most important ceremony.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Religious Studies Major and a Certificate IV in Funeral Celebrancy. Since 2009 have led more than 1000 end of life ceremonies experiencing the diversity of culture, religion, sexuality and ethnicity that Melbourne families offer.

…we immediately felt confidant that your intuition, eloquence and grace would allow us to celebrate his life in such a wonderful way.

Inga, March 2014

…thank you for your calm, wise and professional role in making Peter's funeral service the warm and dignified (and sometimes funny) occasion it was.

Margaret, April 2017

…the service was entirely appropriate, unfailingly tasteful, and devoid of clichés and euphemisms.

Nigel, June 2017

We were so pleased to have you, you could easily have been part of our family.

Wendy, April 2015