End of Life Ceremonies

My path to Celebrant work found its beginnings with the loss, in 1999, of my 20-year-old sister and, ten years later, my father. These losses forged within me a passion for meaningful, personalized funeral and memorial ceremonies. Your loved one should have a fitting tribute that shares and celebrates the essence of who they were.

“Thank you for making this day a very special one. Your tribute to my Mom is exactly as I had envisioned. It has been a pleasure working with you and seeing the day come to life. You are very inspiring and great at what you do.” – Sue

“Laura was wonderful to work with.  Her patient and gentle nature made creating the ceremony much easier than I thought it would be. She is honest and genuine and a delight to work with. The feedback from our guests has been nothing but positive.  We created a simple yet classically beautiful ceremony that I know my mother would have loved. Laura is professional, knowledgeable, and creative.  She is caring, empathetic and gentle.  This combination made for a wonderfully colourful experience.”- Becky

“Laura’s kindness, warmth and compassion made it so easy to connect with her in a very short period of time. She was a tremendous support to me as we planned my seven-year-old daughter’s funeral. Her eulogy was beautifully reflective of my daughter. Laura truly has a gift with words. My respect for her many talents and integrity runs deep. I don’t believe I have been able to adequately express my gratitude to her for walking beside me in my darkest hours and her valuable contribution to the poignant celebration of my daughter’s too-short life on earth.” – Helen

At a time when you may be overwhelmed by a mixture of emotions, it helps to have someone guide you through the process of planning the ceremony. I will spend several hours, as needed, with you and your family learning about the honouree through your stories and knowledge of their life events. I also take time to understand what your wishes are for the ceremony: what you want included and expressed as well as what you want to avoid. Ceremonies may be purely secular, spiritual, incorporate religious touches, or be inter-faith.

Based on our conversations we will create a ceremony that incorporates elements of the honouree’s passions, pursuits, culture and personality into the structure, the words, and into symbolic actions. I can provide suggestions, if needed, for readings, rituals, music and the participation of family and friends. If desired, I can write and read a eulogy or life narrative on the family’s behalf.

300x200_Loss_JennaCeremonies can take place in a funeral home, at the graveside, at the crematorium, or at an alternative venue such as a family home or property, a community centre, a golf club or winery or a location significant to the honouree.

What would the honouree have truly wanted for their memorial? What, in the ceremony, will be most meaningful for you and the honouree’s other family and friends? It is my goal to provide you with a warm, personalized ceremony that holds both the deceased and their loved ones in a space of compassion and gratitude, with hope for healing.