Christchurch celebrant Brent Ruru, was inspired to become a celebrant after bearing witness to a stock standard ceremony for a friend’s father a few years ago. Not only did he stand up to tell a couple of well-received anecdotes, it inspired him to become one, and after officiating more than 90 funerals – he has found his passion.
Brent had a number of different motivations for undertaking the qualification. He was keen to gain knowledge and skills around all aspects of the celebrant role, as well as gaining a recognised qualification to give credibility to potential customers and/or industry partners. In addition, he was keen to establish associations for future synergy opportunities.
The module delivery style was professional, and learning from experienced, working celebrants was important. “The theory balanced out with practical exercises … (and) the feedback constructive,” he says.
Brent is adamant that the study has 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.”
Married with two adult children, Brent balances being a marriage and funeral celebrant with other vocations. He is a life coach and youth mentor, a freelance illustrator, involved with volunteer projects and, with his wife, they are travel enthusiasts – whether escaping to explore within Aotearoa, and internationally.