Family - Funeral
Considerable confusion exists within the celebrant industry, particularly regarding terminology used when referring to celebrants. To alleviate this confusion, we have simplified the terms below, so that anyone visiting this site is clear of our interpretation:
A Family Celebrant is a Celebrant who writes and delivers the following ceremonies;
People referred to as a Wedding Celebrant or Marriage Celebrant can also be referred to as a Family Celebrant.
A Funeral Celebrant is a Celebrant that can write and officiate over Funeral Ceremonies, Memorials, Commemorations or other Life Event Ceremonies that are conventionally accepted as dealing with a death or loss.
A Civil Celebrant is a celebrant who can practice as both a Family & Funeral Celebrant.
Hello, my name is Mairead Quinn from Athlone, Ireland. I’m a qualified professional Family and Funeral Celebrant, accredited by the UK Society of Celebrants (UKSOC).
Following my post-primary education, I successfully completed an undergraduate Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Then I decided to further my education, I was awarded a Master’s Degree of Science (Level 9) in Sustainable Development at Dublin Institute of Technology. Subsequently, I have completed a Professional Diploma in Post Primary Education course. Over the ensuing years, I got married and we have two children.
Through personal experience, I developed a fond interest in becoming a Celebrant. On the week of our wedding, my dad was admitted to hospital due to a serious illness, unfortunately he was unable to attend our wedding. At the time, I thought it would have been fitting to have someone conduct a poignant ceremony within the hospital, this would have enabled my dad to be included in our special day. However, nobody was available at such short notice. Shortly afterwards, my dad died. We had a Catholic funeral for him, I felt that this ceremony was generic and impersonal. Reflecting on the ceremony, this strengthened my belief in conducting such a course, qualifying me to provide a more personal and emotional touch to these special occasions.
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