Pam Medhurst is now an Independent Celebrant having had an extremely varied career, including being self-employed for the past 10 years. She was married with two children in her early 20s. In her spare time, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends and walking her dog on the beach. She also loves to read.
We asked Pam about some of the books that have influenced her life. She said, “anything by Brenda Brown.” She continued, “I really love her writing, particularly on vulnerability, and being authentic. Showing your true self, and not hiding behind that façade that I think lots of us have.”
Pam initially worked in hospitality before attending university as a mature student once her children had started school. Having continued working at the university working with other mature students, she gained a PhD from writing about their success stories.
10 years later, Pam ran a successful pregnancy yoga business that is also for GPs, midwives and nurses. She continues to teach yoga for a local cancer charity, as well as for the Limbless Association.
Pam became a Celebrant following a health scare, where she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One of Pam’s favourite quotes is “this too will pass.” She continued, “going through cancer or going through chemo, by remembering this too will pass, we’ll get through it.” Recognising that she may need to cut back physically, she began using her brain more. She now offers bespoke ceremonies for weddings, funerals and naming celebrations.
In many ways, Pam believes that her previous work was training her for this role. She said, “A lot of it has trended over the years to get to where I am. And it is knowing that I can do it, which is really important. It takes practice, but it’s also using my yoga training. Beforehand I’ll be found somewhere underneath a tree doing some breathing exercises, so I’m absolutely in the right headspace. This is my job today and I need to perform to the best of my ability for this family here and now. And that’s what I do.
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