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 were truly fortunate to have had such a wonderful celebrant.

Melita H.

You understood the situation well, and I can’t think of how any one else would have done it better.

Brian H.

I know it is your job, but truly you do it so well and with such compassion. 

Cheryl N.

Many people have commented on your role – how wonderful and heartfelt you were. The ceremony was so perfect.

Sandi F.