Christchurch celebrant, Brent Ruru, was inspired to become a celebrant after attending a stock standard funeral ceremony for a friend’s father a few years ago. Not only did Brent stand up to tell a couple of well-received anecdotes, but he was also inspired to become a celebrant – after officiating more than 100 funerals, he has found his passion.
Brent had several motivations for undertaking The Celebrant School qualification. He was keen to gain knowledge and skills around all aspects of the role, and he wanted to gain a recognised qualification to give credibility to potential customers and/or industry partners. In addition, he was keen to establish associations for potential synergy opportunities.
He found the course delivery professional, and that learning from experienced, working celebrants was important. This meant “the theory balanced out with practical exercises … (and) the feedback constructive,” he says.
Brent is adamant that the study set him up well for the future. “The development I gained from completing the Diploma of Celebrant Studies has been instrumental in my growth within a competitive market. I am extremely confident that the investment has contributed to the journey successes I’ve experienced since rocking up to the first module.”
During November 2020, Brent transitioned into a full-time role as a Funeral Director with Academy Funeral Services, providing all the wrap around services associated with administering funeral arrangements. Brent now collaborates with funeral celebrants and, from time to time, still officiates funeral and marriage ceremonies as the celebrant.
Married with two adult children, Brent is also a freelance illustrator, is involved with volunteer projects, and explores a mutual enthusiasm for travel with his wife.