Celebrants play a vital role in modern day funeral services. As a funeral director, you place an inordinate amount of faith in your celebrant, as they are a reflection on and of you. You trust that they will care for your families with empathy, respect and compassion and Ballarat is extremely lucky to have a number of excellent celebrants. Kate Ritchie is one of them.
Brian and I first meet Kate eighteen months ago when she returned to her home town of Ballarat after 15 years in Melbourne. As a professional vocalist, Kate had performed locally and internationally, appearing regularly at Crown Casino, Hard Rock Café, The Langham Hotel, Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne Grand Prix, Prime Ministers Olympic Dinner at Vodafone Arena, MCG and Etihad Stadium. However, following the birth of her first child, the night time work wasn’t ideal and so in 2008 Kate took the necessary steps to become a Commonwealth Authorised Celebrant, able to officiate at weddings, funerals and other life ceremonies.
Kate’s resume is impressive. Kate has been a Finalist in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for the past six years, including the 2016 awards, and has ranked each year amongst the Top 13 Civil Celebrants in Victoria. These awards are voted by past ‘Brides & Grooms’, and reflect the opinions of those whose weddings Kate has had the privilege of being part of.
Kate feels honoured to have provided services to many families who have experienced the loss of a loved one, a role she undertakes with compassion and empathy. Kate tells me she feels very grateful to families for sharing their stories at such a difficult time, thus allowing her to create a dignified and personal service that reflects the person. Kate does all she can to ensure when creating each ceremony the process is as stress free as possible.
Professional in all aspects, well spoken and organised, delivering her services with confidence and genuine warmth, Kate is someone we enjoy working with. With her easy and personable manner, it is not hard to understand why families speak so highly of Kate. We look forward to our continuing working relationship with Kate.
See more of Kate at her website www.ceremoniesbykate.com and on Facebook.