As a Funeral Director for twenty years I have seen my fair share of funeral ceremonies. Sitting in the back of chapels, I have heard ministers, priests, monks, chaplains, rabbis and more. I have heard and seen reactions of both families and guests as they leave a service. This gives me a unique perspective.
When I witnessed my first Celebrant ceremony, it resonated to such an extent that I spent the next four years in study. As a grief counselor, I felt that a Celebrant ceremony was more than just a funeral service, it was the beginning of healing! By telling the story and including symbols, music and other meaningful elements, I can be a gentle guide on this challenging journey.
My goal is to heal hearts! I love hearing stories; of the ordinary as well as the extraordinary and am truly honored to identify and give words to a legacy. I share the story, the tears, the heroism and the legacy of each person that I have the honor to celebrate. My greatest pleasure is honoring and respecting people in this way.
I have a BA in Sociology from CU and hold certificates from the Insight Institute and the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. I have held certificates in Grief Counseling, Funeral Director and Pastoral Grief Counselor. Lastly, I have officiated countless small ceremonies when families thought that they needed “nothing” to commemorate a loss.
I enjoy reading, learning, writing, music, the arts, cooking, animals, all creatures and the beauty of nature. I am a mother, wife and sister and treasure my connections to family.
You may wonder, “does everyone have a story?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”