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.

What a beautiful, warm, graceful and caring approach and manner you have. You are brilliant at what you do Stephanie!

Carole M.

The ceremony was elegant and dignified. You truly have a gift for writing and capturing the spirit of the person.

Lisa, May 2013

Even a staunch Roman Catholic told me she had never been so moved at a funeral ceremony.

John B.

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

Nigel, June 2017