At heart, I'm a storyteller.
And I've been at it for nearly 20 years, honing my craft through acting, writing and photography. But what brought me here was the passing of my mother. Our family was not affiliated with any organized religion and I didn't know who would lead the funeral.
A friend suggested that I be the one to "hold the space" for the ceremony. I knew I'd write and deliver the eulogy, but lead the ceremony? Well, I wanted it to be perfect so I jumped in. One of the best leaps I've ever made. I didn't know it at the time that the role I was actually filling was that of a celebrant. Heck, I'd never even heard the term.
But I knew in my heart that I wanted to help people tell their stories- that sharing them was healing and that the ritual element I so loved would enrich and deepen the experience. When I stumbled upon The Celebrant Foundation and Institute, I was in disbelief. Wait, there's a school that teaches about the history and practice of ceremony, ritual and rites of passage? I could weave my skills with my passion? I had come home.
There are more branches to my storytelling tree!
Find samples of my writing at Story Harvest.
Check out my acting website at Carol-Ludwick.com
With my mother Jane, my inspiration, on the Isle of Skye.