I got asked recently why I decided to be a celebrant and so I thought it might be worth writing a blog to introduce myself or re-introduce myself in some cases.
My name is Katie Trinder and twelve years ago I lost my mum, her death was very sudden and totally unexpected. Five years ago, my dad died. He had a short battle with cancer. The celebrant that we used was amazing and I thought that it might be something I'd like to do, but it felt too soon.
A couple of years ago at my aunty's funeral, I got chatting to the celebrant there and it suddenly felt like the time was right for me. I did my funeral celebrant training and conducted my first funeral a few weeks later.
Some of my friends were baffled as to why I'd decided to do this and thought it must be an incredibly depressing job, but the truth is, it's a job that is a real honour and a privilege. I love what I do, I love the families who have trusted me to make sure that their loved one gets the funeral they deserve and I never take the responsibility lightly.
A few months after I trained as a funeral celebrant, I trained to do weddings and baby naming ceremonies. These are totally different, but again a real privilege to be a part of a really special occasion in a families life. Although I mainly conduct weddings in Nottinghamshire, I have travelled further afield when I've been asked.
As well as working as a celebrant, I'm also a radio presenter and work for Mansfield 103.2. I've worked in radio for over 20 years, as a journalist, presenter and I've run radio stations too. I've worked for the BBC, BFBS, the Lincs FM group and Mansfield 103.2, where I still present.
During my time in radio, I've presented shows from various locations, including football grounds, pubs, shopping centres and fairgrounds. I've even conducted a vow renewal live on air and I've organised concerts for people such as Adele, Olly Ours, the Saturdays and the Wanted.
In my free time, I love films and the theatre, I'm a huge Mansfield Town fan (Nigel Clough's barmy army), I love an adventure and I have seven dogs (yes seven) and I've just written my first novel, "Stanley Thomas is a Very Bad man", which is a crime thriller.
If you'd like to talk to me about my services, whether it's conducting a funeral service, memorial, wedding, vow renewal or baby naming ceremony, then please contact me, either via my website or by e-mailing email@example.com