It is a tremendous honor to assist families as they gather with friends to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one who has died. Whether or not people are "religious," we still want and need to express our hearts and share our joys and sorrows in meaningful, spirit-filled ways. It is a profound honor for me to journey with others in doing that.
It has been said that we don’t remember days but rather we remember the dear and precious moments we shared with someone we love.
In planning, it is important for me to meet with family and/or friends of the deceased as soon as possible (even before the loved one has died, in some cases) in order to be present to the needs of your heart and understand your hopes for your loved one's Celebration of Life. Click here to read Eulogy I wrote for my brother. I actually wrote it many months before he passed away and was able to share it with him. I now offer Pre-Planning for those people interested in having me work with them to plan and even write portions or all of the service.
I offer the following poem, adapted from Seasons of Your Heart, because it speaks so beautifully to the profound experience of being careful and attentive to our own, and one another's, experiences of life, love, loss, and healing.
Blest Are the Sorrowing: They Shall Be Consoled
And what does it mean to mourn, I asked the multitude?
And an old woman stepped forward.
To mourn, she said, is to be given a second heart.
It is to care to deeply that you show your ache in person.
To mourn is to be unashamed of tears.
It is to be healed and broken and built-up
all in the same moment.
Blessed are you if you can minister to others
with a heart that feels
with a heart that hurts
with a heart that loves
and blessed are you if you can minister to others
with a heart that serves
and a heart that sees the need before it is spoken…
It is to be full of the willingness
of forever reaching out to
and picking up and holding carefully
those who hurt.
To mourn is to sing with the dying
and to be healed
by the song and the death.
Adapted from Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
Basic Pricing is as follows, but please feel free to talk with me about your particular needs:
Includes meeting with family/friends to learn about the beloved who has passed away, helping to plan the Funeral/Memorial, Officiating, and providing the family a printed copy afterward.
if Graveside Service is also included with the Funeral/Memorial.
if Graveside Service only (no Funeral/Memorial service)
Travel expenses apply (.50/mile) if greater than 25 mile radius from Keizer, OR. Airfare as needed.
$text.Experienced celebrant for your Wedding; Traditional and non-traditional ceremonies.