Celebrating Life’s Transitions

In her 78th year Pauline continues to reach out to the community, through her speaking engagements, Celebrating Life’s Final Transition.  Pauline’s 40 years in Education were enhanced by her experiences as a Life celebrant.   Today, she speaks about celebrating the final life transition.  

She looks back over 25 years of facilitating naming ceremonies, coming-of-age ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, significant anniversaries and farewelling the family- home ceremonies.

We gain increased awareness of what matters from social, spiritual and psychological perspectives.

Pauline invites you, your families and age-related organisations to join in on this conversation. Ageing is a subject we don’t like to focus on when we’re fully involved in life. Yet the best time to have it is when we’re healthy and can think through various options.

These conversations are upbeat, refreshing and energizing.

Many find they contribute to peace of mind and a sense of well-being.



‘My Music Ignites My Soul.’

During her 25 years as a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, Pauline always asked one of two questions, during her first interview:

What music do you enjoy?
What music did your loved one enjoy?

The second question was invariably difficult. It wasn’t a conversation the family had shared, prior to the loved one’s death. We can never presume to know what music is important to others.

Pauline invites you to join this conversation and ask your family and friends what music they love. What music, gave them joy in the good times? What music helped them, when life’s challenges were overwhelming?

In 2017, Pauline wrote and performed a 10 minute Theatre Play, “A Spark Within,” at the Auckland Short and Sweet Festival. Audience reaction led to an invitation to present the play on DVD, in at the Age Concern National Conference in 2017.

Pauline suggested participants initiate the conversation with family and friends. “What music do you like? Write a list of the songs you enjoy and keep it with your Personal documents.”

In 2018, Summerset, care Centre, Hobsonville added a new question to their Application Form. “My Tunes, Hobsonville – Name six songs your loved one enjoys.”

On 21 November, 2020, Pauline presented a thought-provoking session, “My Music Ignites My Soul,” to the Diversional and Recreational Therapists at the Waipuna, Conference centre, Auckland. Her presentation involved telling the stories of reactions when those in Care, had easy access to the music they loved.

On 5 December 2020, “My Music Ignites my Soul,” was accepted as a part of the “Community Service component,” of the Duke of Edinburgh/Hillary Award, in a ceremony at Summerset Hobsonville, Auckland

A Wonderful Testimonial

In September 2020, I was working with my team, preparing for the Launch of “My Music Ignites my Soul,” on 5 December. I spent hours printing material and often needed help with my computer and printer. Jack, my skilled technician, from China, was always on call. One day he asked what I was working on. I told him of my passion saying I wanted, “My music ignites my soul,” to be International, including in his country. He listened carefully and thanked me for the information. A few months later I received this video from his home in China.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters:

Eugene Moreau
Professional Speaker, Coach and Author

“Pauline Grogan is a fresh breeze in the motivational speaking arena. Pauline has a true message that comes from a real journey of emotional pain through to self awareness and fulfilling victory. From the moment she walks onto a stage until the lights go out, Pauline’s story will challenge you to be what you are destined to be. If you are looking for someone who can reach out and touch your life, and inspire your team to overcome the traps in their personal and business life, you need to experience Pauline Grogan.”

Alan McIntyre
NZ Principals Association

“Pauline offers practical strategies to rebound from the challenges that overwhelm us at different times in life. After a lifetime’s experience, she demonstrates that it is possible to bounce back when unexpected challenges occur. Pauline’s insights and stories find application in any sphere of life where opportunities wait to be discovered. “Pauline can be described as a true orator. She held the audience of Professional Educators and School Board of Trustee members in awe as her true story unfolded. Pauline is a woman to be admired and respected, a woman of substance, a woman of faith and a woman of courage.”

From the Family Works Northern-Regional Forum, Auckland 27.01.11.

“Pauline captured her audience by openly sharing her life journey which included endurance of hardship, despair, loss and triumph. Pauline inspired and challenged her audience to rise above adversity no matter how hard or painful life may be. Through her sincerity and warmth, Pauline was able to quickly build a sense of trust leaving us craving to learn so much more. As an inspirational speaker, Pauline Grogan is truly amazing!”

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