Up until recently I have lived quite a nomadic lifestyle, only really settling in the area three years ago. I was born in 1965 in Wythenshawe, Manchester. One of three children, to Rita and John Brennan. I had two older brothers, Mark, who is my elder by twelve years, and Shaun, who was older by ten years, making me the only girl and of course, the baby of the family. My father was an “airport refuelling technician” (posh speak for a petrol pump attendant for planes) and worked at the nearby Manchester airport, while mum stayed at home and looked after the family. I
had a fairly normal childhood, although having been brought up with two brothers much older than me, I quickly learned to stand on my own two feet and became quite adept at all things “male”. If mum ever had to come and find me at bedtime I was usually to be found up the nearest tree or knee deep in mud, catching frogs in the local swamp. When my Dad retired from the airport we moved to North Wales for health reasons (my Dad had emphysema) and after completing my schooling there I left school with five O levels and three levels.
As I has always been a little “different” I decided I didn’t want to go down the normal route of college and decided I wanted to work as an undertaker instead. My claim to fame is that I was the first female funeral Director in Wales (I even hit the national press) In 1990 I met my husband, a serving soldier, and went on to travel the world for the next fifteen years, having two children along the way.
When first my Dad, and then my brother Shaun passed away suddenly, we returned to Britain to support my Mum and have been living in Cheshire for the last ten years. Now I still work in funeral care and as part of my role as a Funeral Director I find it so rewarding to be involved with the families of loved ones, and It is very humbling to hear their stories and to play a part, no matter how small, in making sure that they have a unique service fitting for them.
I see my job as a privilege and hope that by training to become a celebrant it will enhance skills I already have and enable me to offer those families support and guidance when they need it most. I am also hoping I can become involved in the “nicer” family occasions such as naming ceremonies or blessings and widen my horizons.
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