Dr. Andreas Johannes
I think I have a gift when dealing with mourners. That comes from my student days, because I had the chance back then of conducting a number of secular funeral services, which was rather exotic at the time! That was also how I managed to pay part of my Protestant theology course.
The knowledge that I thus had was then professionalised when I trained as a funeral speaker. I worked for some time representing the government of Quebec in Munich; Funeral services in English and French are therefore also part of my repertoire.
In general, ‘difficult things’ also appeal to me: funeral ceremonies, for example, or coordinating a public commemoration with a private farewell. I bring various facets of my personality to light according to the occasion.
To take time out with the family, or the circle of friends, in the existential situation or final farewell, and to give shape to this. In it I recognise my task as a secular funeral speaker.