Celebration-of-Life

Death is something few people openly discuss, yet it is the one thing all humans experience.

As a trained and certified end-of-life doula (some people say death midwife) and a celebration-of-life celebrant, I can help you with any or all of the following:

 

arrange and complete documents including last will and testament, living will, health care directive, and power of attorney

discuss and plan for your hopes for a good death;

plan your legacy, including writing your life story, obituary, distributing keepsakes and arranging for other services;

plan and deliver your end-of-life celebration or memorial, or that of a loved one, helping to ensure, as much as possible, that your wishes are followed.

 

These conversations can be uncomfortable. I will lead you through the process with sensitivity, dignity, patience and respect for your life and legacy or that of a loved one.

Ceremonies

Fully Personalized Celebration-of-Life Ceremony 

The Fully Personalized Ceremony is what is used for most celebration-of-life. It offers total personalization and includes a brief life's story as the centerpiece of the ceremony. The fee includes travel to any location within 30 minutes/miles of celebrant. Additional fee to travel to a further location. Features:

  • Ceremony approximately 45-60 minutes in length (including other speakers)

  • Full customization

  • Virtual planning meetings

  • Unlimited emails

  • Assistance selecting readings and music

  • Writing of life's story

  • Writing/editing of obituary

  • Numerous materials and files shared including wording samples and readings

  • Experienced, professional Celebrant assisting with all aspects of the ceremony

  • Ceremony may include readings and special ceremony elements and/or rituals

  • Coordination with other end-of-life professionals

  • Professional presentation of ceremony

 

Personalized Celebration-of-Life Ceremony     

This is a good choice if you want a full-scale end-of-life celebration, and are looking for an affordable  option. This includes everything above, except the detailed life story and obituary. The fee includes travel to any location within 30 minutes/miles of celebrant. Additional fee to travel to a further location. Features:

  • Ceremony approximately 30-45 minutes in length (including other speakers)

  • Full customization

  • Face to face or Zoom planning meeting

  • Unlimited emails

  • Assistance selecting readings and music

  • Numerous materials and files shared including wording samples, and readings

  • Experienced, professional Celebrant assisting you with all aspects of ceremony

  • Ceremony may include readings and special ceremony elements and/or rituals

  • Coordination with other end-of-life professionals

  • Professional presentation of ceremony

 

Intimate Celebration-of-Life Ceremony 

The Intimate Ceremony is suggested for more intimate end-of-life celebrations who are having a smaller gathering.. This option is for end-of-life celebrations with under 30 guests and includes travel to any location within 30 minutes/miles of celebrant. Additional fee to travel to a further location. Features:

  • Ceremony approximately 20-30 minutes in length (including other speakers)

  • Face to face or Zoom planning meeting

  • Unlimited emails

  • Assistance selecting readings and music

  • Numerous materials and files shared including wording samples, and readings

  • Experienced, professional Celebrant assisting you with all aspects of ceremony

  • Ceremony may include readings and special ceremony Elements and/or rituals

  • Coordination with other end-of-life professionals

  • Professional presentation of ceremony

 

Private Celebration-of-Life Ceremony 

For end-of-life celebrations with under 15 guests. Location within 30 miles of Celebrant. Additional fee to travel to a further location. Features:

  • Ceremony approximately 15-20 minutes in length (including other speakers)

  • Unlimited emails

  • Coordination with other end-of-life professionals

  • Professional presentation of ceremony

 

Good Death Planning

Planning Services            $65/hour

For discussion and planning other than for the ceremony including:

  • assistance completing and filing end-of-life documents, such as personal wills, health care directives, power of attorney, etc. (my services do not replace the need for an attorney)

  • Placing obituary

  • assistance with dispersement of important personal beings to loved ones

  • facilitating final conversations with loved ones

  • helping to clarify what a good death looks like for you: where you are, who is there, what surrounds you, such as photos, images and music, what happens immediately following your death, etc.

  • death bed presence

  • other services as agreed upon