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A Place Called Between

A Place Called Between

In his book Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers, Fred Rogers writes: "I saw a friend who's a freelance writer and asked him what he was working on. "Nothing right now," he answered. "You know how it is with freelancers. But at times like this I tell myself I'm...

How Will You Feather Your Nest?

How Will You Feather Your Nest?

On my windowsill sits a deep bird nest. Made of mud and straw its original location was in a lean-to barn on my parent's farm. The bird who built the nest took advantage of a hanging roll of barbed wire—high up in the barn, isolated and relatively safe from...

The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

"The man tells his stories so many times that he becomes his stories. They live on after him. And in that way he becomes immortal." - Big Fish Over this past weekend I watched the movie Big Fish. While I won't say anything that might be a spoiler if you haven't seen...

Campfire inspired memories

Campfire inspired memories

I love fires; campfires and fires in fireplaces. Some of my fondest memories of childhood include the experiences of fires. I grew up in Girl Scouting—and spent fall weekends camping with my troop where our fire was a key feature of creating "home" away from...

Waiting Through Grief

Waiting Through Grief

I often hear the idea that one should wait a year before making any major decisions after a significant loss. And while well intentioned, this thought often leaves the mourner with an expectation that the one year mark holds some magical opportunity or relief from the...

Embody Your Joy

Embody Your Joy

The ending of one year and the beginning of another always feels to me like a time of reflection. Both personally and professionally it is an opportunity to consider what worked well, what didn't and where I would like to focus my intentions going forward. In recent...

Letting Go Language

Letting Go Language

There's something about the idea of "letting go." People often say things to those who mourn gauging somehow for them whether or not they are progressing after their major life loss. They say things that reflect their own measuring of the speed they perceive someone...

Power Outage

Power Outage

A thunderstorm blew through our area last week taking with it the power lines behind our neighbor's house. The lights went out and stayed out. All night and into the next day. Being without electrical power reminded me of the kind of powerlessness that comes with a...

Beyond Stages to Process

Beyond Stages to Process

We’ve all heard them; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The stages of grief Elizabeth Kübler Ross developed through her studies in the 1960s of those who were dying. Without a doubt, Ross influenced and continues to influence our understanding of...

Cigar Boxes

Cigar Boxes

For some not-quite-known reason, I’ve had a penchant for cigar boxes. While living in San Antonio a friend took me to a local cigar shop where I found I could purchase empty cigar boxes. The boxes were an inexpensive treat—most were wood with unique little...

What is a Funeral Celebrant?

Funeral celebrants bring a personalized approach to creating a meaningful celebration of life or memorial service. Highly trained to work with grieving families, celebrants create the space so that glimpses of hope and encouragement can be experienced. When words aren’t enough, funeral celebrants bring creativity, ideas and elements of ceremony to enable families to honor and remember their loved one. Funeral celebrants serve as resources for the most difficult day in the life of a family.

Covid-19 Loss and Celebrant Offerings

Deb has developed resources for families who lose a loved one to the Coronavirus. Using her experience as a certified celebrant Deb is helping families honor their loss in the days after the death. She is also offering caring conversations to families that will enable them to think about the service they would like when public gatherings are available in the future.

Grief is all around us as we collectively and individually face the losses related to this pandemic. Everything has changed. Making meaning as these traumatic events continue to unfold is very difficult. With gentleness and care, Deb is listening to the needs of those who mourn and supporting the process of being present to fresh grief. Learn more...

Listen: art and story

Listen to Deb's writing experiences and upcoming opportunities on Indy's Art of the Matter with Sharon Gamble on WFYI Radio.

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Working with Deb

“When you are grieving someone or something you’ve lost, there isn’t an answer or solution or just the right words to make you feel whole again. Working with Deb was a gift within my grieving. Deb’s gentleness and thoughtful listening was so compassionate.

There was healing kindness within her silence, between and among her words. She followed my lead, guiding me gently toward connection allowing me to celebrate my memories and live fully within the sadness of my loss. She helped me. My heart opened around her in a unique and unguarded manner.

It was with the utmost gratitude and highest respect that I recommend her to anyone who is working to grow within and ultimately beyond grief.”


- Jill

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Certified Creative Grief Support Practitioner