What is a Funeral Celebrant?

Deb BrandtAs a funeral celebrant I have been trained and certified to meet the needs of your family after the death of a loved one. I serve families by preparing and providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the deceased.

During a special family time, I will invite you to share memories, anecdotes and special moments about your loved one’s life. I will listen carefully and your words and remembrances will be the essence of a funeral service we co-create.

I have been trained to design a funeral service for your loved one that is completely personal, incorporating the unique stories, songs and experiences that defined your loved one’s life. I am committed to creating and designing a service that reflects and memorializes the life of your loved one. I can serve at a funeral, memorial or graveside service as well as at an anniversary tribute, tree planting, bench dedication or any other gathering designed to honor your family member.

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...

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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

Certifications

Certified Creative Grief Support Practitioner