What is a Funeral Celebrant?

Anita Larson is an Independent Certified Funeral Celebrant who plans, writes, and officiates Celebrations of Life. She works with any funeral or cremation provider that you choose. A Celebrant conducts non-religious, semi-religious, and spiritual services. Anita will meet with you in the comfort of your own home or location of your choosing to gather the memories of your loved one. This time together is of utmost importance to truly get to know your loved one through your remembrances.

Those who wish to have a unique, completely personalized service. Families who may not be affiliated with a church and want enhancements from traditional services. People who identify as “Spiritual but Not Religious”, agnostic, or atheist. An interfaith family that would like to bring different beliefs into one Remembrance.

Colorado has a multitude of wonderful outdoor and indoor Venues. Visit the Resources page to see some unique locations for Memorials and Celebrations of Life.

On average about 60 minutes.

It is nice to have designated speakers and/or open it up for anyone to share their memories. This can be a particularly memorable and healing time for those who wish to speak about someone who meant so much to them. Tributes of two minutes or less are best, that’s about 300 words. If someone becomes too emotional or is uncomfortable speaking in front of a group – I will step in to read what they have written and speak on their behalf. Some of the most memorable speeches were delivered in 2 minutes or less. The Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, Farewell to Baseball Address by Lou Gehrig and the Inspirational Speech by Steve Jobs just to name a few.

Usually, a family member or friend creates the slideshow or Photo Tribute. Often it is accompanied by your loved one’s favorite songs or playlist. While it’s really tempting to include hundreds of photos, approximately 30-50 high-quality photos are ideal. Play the slideshow as guests enter and pause during the service. Resume playing afterward or at the reception following. It is too distracting to play it during the service while people are speaking.

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