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Leaving Fingerprints on a Casket

“I don’t think my Uncle would even want a service, but we are going to have one for him anyway. He didn’t tell anyone his wishes and we can’t find anything in writing. It all happened so suddenly, we were not expecting this.” It was a beautiful February day in...

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Celebration of Life for a Centenarian

Olive celebrated her 100th Birthday with family, friends, and caregivers. She kept saying that she never in a million years expected to live to be 100. It’s rare that I have the great honor and privilege of officiating a Celebration of Life for a Centenarian. Her...

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Conversations with Kids at Funerals

Parents try to prepare their children for their first Funeral and also ask if it is appropriate to bring them to a Funeral. More often than not, I encourage them to bring their children and that a Celebrant-led Funeral includes more stories of the departed than...

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Creative Ideas For Cremation Ashes

In this Blog Post, I’ll share a few resources with you about options for what to do with Cremated Ashes (Cremains) of your loved ones – people or pets. The cremation rate in the United States continues to advance beyond statistical predictions.  Cremations in Colorado...

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Funeral Trends and Predictions

Reflecting on the Funeral Trends of 2017 – here is what I witnessed with individuals, families, funeral homes and crematoriums in Colorado. A continued rise in Cremation vs. Burial. Instead of an immediate Celebration of Life as is usually the case with a burial;...

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Grieving Through The Holidays

Here it is - the holidays are upon us. What am I doing at my computer?  I’m searching online for something, anything to help me in my grief. “I miss her, I miss him, I can’t stand feeling this way when everyone else is so happy. Aaaaugh! I want the world to stop and...

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Five Ways To Support Someone Who Is Grieving

The death of someone you love is difficult at any time of the year, however during the Holiday Season emotions escalate and our grief intensifies.  A single song or memory may trigger a flood of tears in an instant. This is grief. You may be experiencing grief...

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Who Chooses A Funeral Celebrant?

Who Chooses A Funeral Celebrant? Have you ever planned a big event like a wedding in few days? When someone dies, we are grieving while trying to plan a funeral in a short period of time. So many decisions need to be made quickly. It can be overwhelming and confusing....

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Signs From the Other Side

Are you a believer in signs from the other side, heaven, God, Universe, Spirit, or a deceased loved one?  I believe in something bigger than myself and choose to believe in signs. It’s kind of a way to make sense of the unexplainable. There is comfort in knowing loved...

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Green Burials – Dying To Be Green

A Green Burial is the way our ancestors used to be buried. A natural burial, the body is not embalmed, it is placed in the ground in a biodegradable shroud or a pine box casket. It may be possible to have some type of marker or perhaps there is no marker. The best...

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What is a Funeral Celebrant?

I am a Certified Funeral Celebrant and graduate of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. The process to become a Celebrant is very professional and personal. First, I submitted an application to apply. After acceptance, I was interviewed over the phone by someone at...

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Country Band Plays at a Celebration of Life

“My husband Ray, played guitar in a Country Band.  The entire band is going to be there to play at his Celebration of Life. Our daughter Courtney is taking it pretty hard and would like to play with them for one song. She was “Daddy’s Girl”.  It’s going to be sad, we...

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