Meet the trainers

Beth OBrien

Beth OBrien

Company Director - Senior Trainer and Assessor

Celebrant experience 

Beth has been an Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant since 1995. Her own celebrant practice has been the catalyst for her to encourage celebrants, new and experienced, to enhance their skills and knowledge to design and perform heart-felt ceremonies for clients.

Beth specialises in ceremonies that are individually crafted for each client and has found the rewards of celebrancy far greater than she had originally imagined.

Along with ceremonies for families, Beth has also been commissioned to design corporate ceremonies. Beth’s passion for meaningful ceremony design is seen in the curriculum material and she often says to students, “you only get one chance at making someone’s lifetime memory, you have to design and perform beautiful ceremonies for your clients.”

Beth is a regular contributor to industry panels on the training of celebrants nationally. She also has many established international networks with colleagues in the celebrant community.

Since 1995, but particularly in the last 15 years Beth has researched and presented in the area of grief, loss and bereavement.  The culmination of her knowledge, skills and passion in their area saw her awarded internationally the title Certified Thanatologist (Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement”.  Beth is also a Grief Recovery Method Specialist ®.   Beth is also one of the original facilitators in Australia, of Death Cafes. You can read over more at Beth’s blog,

Her background has been primarily in business and marketing, always in educational institutions. It is her passion to see the profession of celebrancy highly regarded by the community.

Her career ambition is to be a holistic provider of training for new celebrants, offering marriage, funeral and general celebrancy courses, and to continue to offer ongoing professional development to existing celebrants.

Beth’s Masters Degree in Business focused on business development and this knowledge has been a foundation in designing the curriculum for the Certificate IV in Celebrancy and the Cert IV in Small Business Management.

Beth has also received a Smart State Queensland Award and been recognised by Business Review Weekly for her entrepreneurial business acumen.

Beth is currently researching the rise of secular humanism in contemporary Australia. 

Educational qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) Griffith University
  • Master of Business (Marketing) QUT
  • Post graduate certificate in Educational Marketing (Southhamptom)
  • Personal Historian
  • Registered Marriage Celebrant (Australia)
  • Certificate IV in Celebrancy (marriage and funeral)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  • Certificate in Copywriting
  • Diploma in Web Content
  • Rotary Scholar GSE 2001 

 In grief, loss and bereavement:

  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
  • Certified Thanatologist  – Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement”.  This is an international accreditation with The Association for Death Education and Counseling.
  • One of 12 Certified Thanatologists in Australia.
  • Bereavement Counselling (Summer School) Bereavement Care Centre, with Mal and Dianne McKissock
  • Palliative Care Training Program Hopewell Centre
  • Death Café Facilitator
  • International Funeral Celebrant Trainer
  • Grief Educator
  • Internationally Certified Funeral Celebrant

Short courses:

From Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

  • Strategies for supporting bereaved and grieving adults
  • Mindfulness, Spirituality and Transilience: In the context of Bereavement Support
  • Living Hope suicide bereavement training program
  • Exploring the many facets of grief following the death of a parent
  • Engaging in effective brief contact or single-session grief & bereavement support
  • Grief and Loss across the lifespan
  • Techniques of Grief Therapy: Accessing the Back Story of the relationship by Dr Robert Neimeyer
  • Techniques of Grief Therapy: Processing the Event Story of the Death by Dr Robert Neimeyer


  • The Intimacy of Death and Dying – by Zenith Virago
  • Greening the funeral
  • Writing the Soul Home workshop
  • Carnival of Life and Death – Natural Death Centre Australia
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Mind-Body Wellness
  • Moving beyond theory: Practical counselling skills for working with children

 Professional Associations 

Member, Alliance of Celebrants Qld Inc

Member, Australian Marriage Celebrants (Inc)

Member, Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants

Member, Humanist Celebrant Network

Member, Civil Celebrations Network

Member, Funeral Celebrants Association of Australia

Member, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Member, American Humanist Association