I was born in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but as a young woman yearned for the taste of experience and traveled the world. I found plenty of adventure along the way, before returning home to begin the best journey of all – motherhood, and discovered my true calling as a teacher and family counsellor.
These days my trips are shorter, but in my heart I am still a traveler. And the road has led me here! Being a Celebrant uses all the best parts of me. As a writer I create eloquent and heart-felt ceremonies; with my experience as a counselor and therapist I am able to listen deeply to people’s stories, and navigate my way through often the most difficult moments of their lives; and my passion for learning means I am ever exploring new ways to be of service in the world.
I work with a wide range of beliefs, cultures and traditions, creating an inclusive ceremony for all. Attentiveness, warmth and a bit of humor - when appropriate - add to the essence of the ceremonies I officiate.
I look forward to meeting you, so we may begin co-creating your handcrafted ceremony today!
''Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.''
- Mahatma Gandhi
Life Cycle Celebrant
A Life-Cycle Celebrant is a ceremony specialist trained and certified in the art of ceremony. A Celebrant is committed to creating and performing eloquent, personalized, heart-felt ceremonies for individuals, couples, families and organizations that are as unique and varied as our relationships and our communities.
Celebrants support existing traditions, and provide an alternative for people not affiliated with a particular religious belief system who want to create their own ceremony. A Celebrant is not a minister or a religiously ordained member of any religious group.
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The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to personalizing ceremonies that mark life’s milestones.
''When you live in the hearts of those you love, remember then, you never die.''
"A Celebrant funeral honors death and celebrates life."
As a Funeral Life-Cycle Celebrant, it is my privilege to assist you and your family in honoring the life of your loved one. Each person has a story that deserves telling. With your help, I will share the unique and personal journey of those who have passed with all who come to honor, mourn and celebrate with you.
By listening closely to the stories you and your family share, I learn about your wishes and beliefs, and work with you to shape the ideal end-of-life tribute to your loved one, a ceremony that you and your guests may cherish forever.
You guide the tone of the service, whether it is an end-of-life celebration or a more solemn occasion that tenderly honors the deceased. You also have approval of the final draft, and you choose whatever setting best fits the occasion: somewhere quiet and intimate or a place for a larger gathering of family and guests.
I am aware of and value the diversity that exists and is emerging within our ever-changing society. Funeral Celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions, and are drawn to this work by a strong realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated, and celebrated well.
As a special gift, I will present you with a beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony.
A graveside or a cremation ceremony may offer a more intimate setting for a smaller group of people, as well as the simplicity of staying in one location for the funeral service and the committal itself.
As late as the 1950’s, families were still caring for their deceased at home. You still have that option today. A home funeral can offer the comfort of familiar surroundings and privacy as you pay tribute to your loved one.
Scattering Of Ashes Ceremonies
There are so many options these days for scattering your loved one's ashes. You may wish to walk to a special place for an outdoor ceremony, or hold a service near or on water. Wherever you choose to bid a final farewell, doing so in the context of a meaningful and unique ceremony is a beautiful way to honour a life.
"I'm attempting to put myself in a bottle that will one day wash up on the beach for my children."Randy Pausch
I work with those who would like to pre-plan a memorial or funeral ceremony for themselves, a distinctive way to have a voice in the arrangements for your own service. What we need to tell people is not always the same as what they need to say about us when we are gone.
"Not in anguish, but in joy remember me."Nicholas Gordon
Celebrations of The Living
There is a kind of ‘funeral revolution’ going on, a growing movement that wishes to honour the lives of the living through end-of-life ceremonies. More and more, funerals are becoming celebrations, attended by family and friends to pay tribute to a life that can be attended by the honoree while still alive. This movement toward personalized end-of-life ceremonies has come about because of a demand by those members of the generation born between the late 1940's and the early ’60s. However, this desire for personalization is far from new. In fact, it is a revival of the ancient custom of paying homage to ancestors and having their personal life stories told and passed down for future generations.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
For many people, the relationship with their pet is pure and uncomplicated. Our pets comfort us as well as show us the absolute joy of being in the present moment. If you understand and accept this precious bond between humans and animals, you've already taken the first step toward coping with pet loss: knowing that it is okay to grieve.
It is a growing trend for pet owners to invite their family and friends to a personal memorial service that pays tribute to their pet’s life. This special ceremony offers comfort to family members and friends and the chance to remember all the wonderful times spent together.
To prepare for such a memorial and have your family participate in the co-creation of the ceremony, I give you the Celebrant Family Pet Questionnaire to complete. Your responses afford me the opportunity to write the ceremony based on your words, thoughts, and feelings, and bring to light all that your pet’s life meant to you.
"Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning of all things; let them love you and thus love each other."Rabindranath Tagore
A new child is like a stone dropped in a still pond that causes ripples out into the world...and so this entrance of new life into the world is a time for celebration, to deepen and honour such an event with ceremony.
A child-welcoming ceremony often begins with telling the story of how the child’s birth came about. Was the child adopted, planned for a long time or a delightful surprise? A child is on the threshold of a new life and it is important to hear the story of how this child was created.
Family and community can all participate individually or collectively, with a wish, a thought or intention for the child. After all, they are responsible for creating the loving collective environment in which the child will grow, mature and flourish.
''From beginning to end, our stories need to be told, celebrated, shared and remembered.''
We begin with a telephone call, Skype or email introduction. If during our initial communication you find it is beneficial for us to continue towards a ceremony, I will arrange to meet you and your family in your home or other convenient spot. As funerals and some memorials are often scheduled not long after your call, we will arrange to meet as soon as possible with as many family members as practical to gather the information I need to create a beautiful tribute for your loved one. This approximately two-hour interview together with a questionnaire I will ask you to fill out will help me gather the necessary information I will use to create the ceremony.
You are encouraged to suggest readings from prose or poetry, as well as other elements such as music, symbolic or ritual objects, a slide show - whatever you wish to include in the ceremony. I will be able to make suggestions that will be appropriate for your loved one's personality and beliefs. Family and friends may wish to contribute to the service, and I will help to coordinate their participation as well.
Once all the information is gathered, we will complete the contract and payment, and I will return home to write the ceremony the next day. When it is completed, I will send it to you to review. You will have full control over the words, structure and tone of the ceremony, and I will make the desired changes in order that the service be just what you want.
The ceremony may be held wherever you wish - be it the chapel of a funeral home or outside in a place special to you and your family. You might also choose a simple graveside service.
As a special gift, I will present you with a beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony.
''There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.''