Sam Bennett

A day in the life of celebrant Sam Bennett

How long have you been a celebrant for?

14 years young 

Why did you become a celebrant?

I chose to be a celebrant as a lifelong vocation to make a positive difference in the lives of my community.  He tangata he tangata, he tangata!' What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!' 

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

Founding member of Celebrants Aotearoa Taranaki Branch. Served in various branch roles including Chairperson and hosting committee for the 2019 Conference in Ngāmotu New Plymouth.

Founding VCANZ facilitator and current writer to FuneralCare on behalf of Celebrants Aotearoa. Frequent guest presenter at National Conferences. Diploma in Celebrant Studies The celebrant School. Registry Marriage Celebrant.  

What ceremonies do you perform?

A range of ceremonies including marriage but predominantly funerals.  

What do you enjoy about being a celebrant?

The post ceremonial satisfaction that I played a key role in marking a celebration remarkable.  

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

Time is the greatest gift that we can give our community so saying no to a family or funeral home that has requested me is difficult.

What was the most memorable ceremony you have performed?

Turning up to a burial only to have the family and congregation advise that this is the incorrect plot for their loved one!  Wont forget that one is a hurray!

What would be your typical day as celebrant? 

Visiting a family or couple, developing ceremonial content based on their expectations and then writing and delivering appropriate ritual.      

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

Have a clear understanding of your WHY. Take small steps and develop your ceremonial art through formal training. 

How do you like to relax?

As an active relaxer I love the thespian life particularly musical theatre.