Your Life. Your Celebration.
Personalized Memorial, Celebration of Life & Funeral Services
I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky
to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.
What is a Certified Celebrant?
A Certified Funeral Celebrant has a unique way of being there for families when they are bereaved and need assistance in making important decisions regarding how to honor their loved one.
Certified Funeral Celebrants are experts in creating end-of-life rituals, which are crafted and performed with reverence and eloquence. In collaboration with the family, the Celebrant will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. No ceremony is delivered unless every detail of the eulogy is approved by the family.
Why have a Celebrant?
Many Americans state they are non-religious and define their spirituality in different ways. A funeral, memorial, or Celebration of Life service that reflects the lifestyle and personality of the individual, mirrors their spiritual nature.
Friends and family often want to participate in the planning and presentation of a personalized end-of-life ceremony, but don't know how to do so. Many people are uncomfortable with public speaking and/or speaking publicly about death.
Whether your family is secular, religious, spiritual or inter faith, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help to create a fitting, meaningful and memorable end-of-life tribute.
Is it worth choosing a Celebrant before I choose a Funeral Director?
Yes. A good Celebrant will be pleased to guide you through the business of identifying, then negotiating with, a good undertaker. The Celebrant will even go to the funeral home with you, if you like. There is a fee, of course, which you may well recoup by not buying more than you need.
Why have a Funeral or Memorial service?
Meaningful funeral ceremonies are doorways to healing for the bereaved. What happens at the funeral (and how it happens) greatly affects how the bereaved go on to find meaning and purpose in their continued living.
To their credit, funerals also provide us with an accepted venue for our painful feelings. They are perhaps the only time and place, in fact, during which we as a society condone such openly outward expression of our sadness.
Like living, dying is a natural and unavoidable process.
Thus the funeral helps us search for meaning of life and death of the person who died as well as in our own lives and impending deaths. Each funeral we attend serves as a sort of dress rehearsal for our own.
Who Certifies Celebrants?
The In-Sight Institute, which has certified more than 1600 Celebrants, provides the most comprehensive and sensitive training available. You and your family will be served by someone who understands the process and offers the very best services possible.
What is the professional fee?
Your Celebrant will spend approximately 10 hours preparing and conducting your service. Fees for Celebrants vary by market, generally from $300 to $800. Our Celebrant's professional fee is $450.