Celebrations of Life, Memorial Services, Funeral Services

“Death puts life into perspective” . . . Emerson


Having lost my own father and recently suffering the painful loss of my youngest son, I offer years of sensitive and professional skills in planning a meaningful funeral, memorial or celebration-of-life service. My compassion, tender spirit and listening heart will comfort  and guide you through the necessary steps in this challenging time for you and your family.   As I have learned through my own loss, it is important that you do what is okay with you in the way of any service you have for your loved one. More importantly, it is vital to your own well-being that you are able to say goodbye in  a way that works for you and in what you feel is necessary and honors your loved one.  It would be a privledge for me to not only officiate a traditional or custom service for you and your loved one but to help with any details that will make things easier on you.


I create a sacred place for you and your family to express while allowing you the space for your grief and the opportunity to begin the process of making sense out of the senseless. Coping with the loss of life can be difficult, whether this loss is expected or unexpected.


A loss is expressed in many different ways by each person. Traditionally, funerals and memorial services have been conducted in a church or chapel, by a priest or minister of religion. Celebrations of Life services are generally more non-traditional, and incorporate creative and colorful rituals of celebration.  Many people, whether they attend a religious house of worship or not, are looking for a meaningful and comforting alternative way to say ‘good-bye’ that suits their lifestyle.


An interview with the grieving family is arranged in comfortable surroundings, selected by the family. This is often carried out at the family home, or the funeral home, but any other location that the family chooses is fine.


Grief counseling is available .