Marg Palmer

A day in the life of celebrant Marg Palmer

How long have you been a celebrant for?

9 years

Why did you become a celebrant? 

I read an article in the Women’s Weekly which was an interview with Kay Gregory about her life as a Celebrant around the same time that a friend had just undertaken and recommended the Celebrant training and I felt I could offer this service to my community.

What involvement do you have or had with CANZ at a branch or National level? 

I have been on the CANZ ToTs committee since it became a Branch and was on the National Executive for 6 years

What ceremonies do you perform? 

Funerals, Weddings, Vow Renewal, Naming, Seasonal and community celebrations – and anything else I’m asked to do.

What do you enjoy about being a celebrant? 

The diversity of my work and the wide cross section of families I am privileged to serve.

What are some of the hardest parts of being a celebrant? 

Working out what to wear! Saying goodbye to clients I have been working with as they plan their own funeral ceremony and funerals for clients I have married.

What was the most memorable ceremony you have performed? 

Each is special in its own way.

What would be your typical day as celebrant? 

Check messages and respond asap, prep for a funeral or to meet a family then the meeting or funeral. Once returned home do something totally different before reviewing my meeting notes or writing my journal reflection on the actual ceremony. Before logging off for the day – check and respond to messages again.

What advice do you have for someone new to the industry? 

Undertake professional training and join CANZ.

How do you like to relax? 

Daily exercise (gym classes, walking and biking), gardening, cooking, and a good glass of wine.