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.

I especially appreciate your patience & tact in listening to us all, helping us to sort things out & celebrating my sister’s life in a way she would have loved not some generic, canned procedure.

Annie S.

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

Sandi F.

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

John B.

...comprehensive, dignified, well researched, very appropriate and of course totally professional.

Albert S.