Creative Grief Practitioner

Although the words ‘creativity’ and ‘grief’ may seem like they don’t belong together, perhaps that is exactly the thing that is needed! Connecting to our own internal creativity can help us touch the places of our innermost resilience.

Mourning is difficult.

Like writing, mourning is a path not intended to be traveled alone. Those who mourn need a community of resources for moving through bereavement to wholehearted living. Hiring a grief practitioner involves choosing an intentional relationship that will promote healing and reconciliation.

Working with a grief practitioner, the mourner can expect to discover a source of compassionate listening, supportive encouragement and a sounding board for the many feelings that unfold during bereavement. A grief practitioner is a respectful witness who stands with the mourner during this difficult time.

Many who grieve have found writing to be a resource for the journey. Putting feelings; anger, sorrow, hurt, regret, rage, rejoicing, memory on the page is a way through the depths and heights of the bereavement journey. With writing prompts, questions and reflection, many people find writing to be a transformative tool. As a grief practitioner with writing experience I can provide the behind-the-scenes support for using writing to claim your sorrow and grief learning. Through writing, some discover new insights that lead to reconciliation and a new purpose.

I am committed to honoring the process of each mourner on her individual path toward peace and new hope. My companionship will be confidential, encouraging and respectful without being intrusive. Throughout your bereavement process I trust that you will teach me how I can better serve you; together we will find the sweetest healing.

A note to those serving as executor or executrix:

Caring for the estate of a family member in many ways is an extension of the care giving role. It may involve juggling the tasks related to finding, selecting and meeting with professional experts, disposition of property, caringly maintaining relationships with family members and guiding the process of difficult decisions. As a practitioner I can serve as a sounding board for setting priorities, offer strategies of diplomacy and the organizational skills for accomplishing difficult and necessary responsibilities.

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


Certified Creative Grief Support Practitioner