Last month I led 20 end of life ceremonies here in Melbourne; last year I served 166 families as they tried to navigate life's most difficult crossroad. People ask me how I manage working with so much grief and loss but I believe I have the best job in the world.
Why? Because I hear stories and then get to retell them. I meet people whose paths I would never have crossed and for a short period of time 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.
Every week my thoughts about death and dying are expanded as I collect the experiences of grieving families. Every day I wonder at life and admire its complexities.
In 2015 I was invited to the National Funeral Directors Association Conference and Expo in Indianapolis to talk about my work.
I would like to share some of the inspirational stories of how my families navigate their journeys of grief through the ceremonies that we put together.