A little about me
Welcome and thankyou for taking the time to visit my page, Life's Celebrations By Samantha.
As I am personally involved with you as a Celebrant, I feel it is important for you to know a little about me. Many people ask me what made me become a celebrant and why I choose to do what I do. So here is my story......
A friend of mine was renewing her wedding vows back in 2006 and I went along as a guest. Chatting away to the celebrant made me realise that I wanted to do the very same thing and so I set about finding information on becoming a Marriage Celebrant.
On completing my training, I then had to wait to be appointed by the Attorney Generals Department. Unfortunately my mother was then diagnosed with cancer which urged me to complete my training as a Funeral Celebrant. That was in August of 2007.
My wonderful mother passed away in January of 2008. For the last week of her life here on earth I did not leave her side, chatting as much as we could and savouring and making the most of those precious moments. One thing that my mum asked me throughout that week was would I do her eulogy. I said I would.
My mum passed on a Saturday morning surrounded by her loving family and then the following Wednesday we celebrated her life in a lovely service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. I appointed a celebrant as I didn't think at the time I would be able to cope with doing the service on my own. I delivered her eulogy and afterwards received many heartfelt comments on what a wonderful tribute I had paid to my mother. It was then that I knew this was the road that I wanted to travel. I have also always been a genuine and caring person going back as far as I can remember so it really was a natural progression.
My first funeral ceremony was in April of 2008 and from that time it has been my absolute passion. At every service I wore my mother's guardian angel pin on my jacket knowing that she was there with me every step of the way just as she had been up until her passing.
However on the anniversary of her passing, I officiated at a funeral ceremony and the pin fell off my jacket. I saw this as a sign that my mother was letting me know I was now fine and could do this on my own - I had her approval. So as you can see, I owe a lot to my mother but I also owe a lot to my father who was always my number one supporter up until his passing in 2016.
I am an easy going person who loves life and believes that you really should make the most of every moment. I often say the best part about my chosen profession is that I get to meet so many people and learn about their lives.
Feel free to take a look around my website. I'd love to help you with your next celebration. To discuss, get in contact today.