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My Process

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The process of creating a personalized and meaningful ceremony begins with a conversation. My goal is to learn and understand what is important to you and your family and create an experience that is memorable and significant.

Meeting with Families
After a Death

When meeting with families that have lost a loved one, it is important to be respectful of the family and friends of the deceased. They are grieving the loss of a loved one, and they may be sensitive to certain topics or memories. It is also important to be sensitive to the religious or cultural beliefs of the family.

I “meet” the person who has passed through “their people”, either during a family meeting with those closest to the deceased or by interviewing people individually. Part of what I do is ask questions, listen, and make suggestions as to a theme of the life lived based on experience. This is my specialty.

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The Celebrant Process

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I begin by talking to the family or friends of the deceased. They are able to provide information about the person’s life, personality, and interests. This information helps me to create a ceremony that is meaningful and respectful.

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I can suggest concepts & ideas about activities you may want to incorporate into the celebration. This can be anything from speeches and readings to music and dancing. Choosing activities that will be meaningful to the deceased and their loved ones is an important part of the celebrant process.

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I also take the time to read about the deceased. If the person was a public figure, there may be books or articles about them I can read. This helps me learn more about their life and accomplishments.

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I will also help coordinate with any outside organizations including the funeral home, event location, or cemetery, so your day can be as stress free as possible.

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Watching videos or listening to recordings of the deceased can give me a better sense of their personality and how they spoke.

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I will gather photos and other mementos of the deceased that can be used to decorate the ceremony space and to help people remember them.

What You Can Expect

Allowing people to be heard without judgment is key. I allow people to share anything they need to or want to, and express their darkest and brightest memories. While this doesn’t mean we share everything during the ceremony, there can be a profound healing component in the interview process.

A celebration of life is more than just about happy times. Life comprises so much more. There are great, happy, bittersweet, tough, mucky, and sad experiences we all have. These all can be put together to create a remembrance that is authentic and provides a healing space that is different. It is unique to the grief we are feeling for one soul.

I am Here to Help

If you are looking for a celebrant who can help you create a meaningful and memorable ceremony, I would be honored to work with you. I am also available to offer counseling and support to families who are grieving. I understand that losing a loved one is a difficult experience, and I am here to help you through this difficult time. I am certified by The International Grief Institute and am a Content Creator for the California Partnership Peer to Peer facilitator training.