This category attracted the largest number of nominees and entries, resulting in almost 30 finalists. It is also the one the judges find most daunting to decide, as they know how important it is to be recognised for what can often be a very lonely role.
Without exception, all finalists in this category are deserving of recognition for the impact they make on the families they work for. Having to select a winner and runner up from so many excellent celebrants was an almost impossible task, and took many hours of reading testimonials and entries.
The final winner was chosen for the obvious calibre of their celebrancy skills, along with the superb presentation of their entry and the level of detail and care put into it, which, the judges believe, indicates an attention to detail that will be paid to every funeral.
The winner is Justine Wykerd
The judges would like to highly commend Terri Shanks for her work both as a celebrant and for training and nurturing other celebrants.
Photograph by Jayne Lloyd
Category Sponsor: Civil Ceremonies
The 2017 Good Funeral Awards were generously sponsored by Greenfield Creations