When there is a death, people turn to ritual and ceremony to aid the transition. We seek out ceremony to send off the deceased, and also to support ourselves and our loved ones in our grief.
When my grandfather was dying I was called to his bedside to play the violin. He had always loved to hear me play. I stayed by his side throughout the afternoon, serenading him as he lay in my grandmother’s arms. More family members arrived at the house, and we stayed through the night, keeping vigil. I was awoken by a family friend in the early morning with the news that he had passed. One by one we came into his bedroom and we all got in bed with him. Together we cried and laughed and said our goodbyes. That experience of being together and being with him was so powerful and moving and it is the seed of what inspires me to do this work.
I feel a special calling to assist families during this time. I have found the occasion of a death to be a unique time that has the power to bring people together. It would be an honor for me to work with you to tell the story of your loved one’s life and to develop personalized rituals for grieving and healing.
As a Celebrant, I stand ready to assist you with:
- Celebrations of life
- Ceremonies for scattering ashes
- Home funerals
- Pre-need ceremony planning
- Pet funerals
What a beautiful, loving tribute to your Grandfather and to your family. Thank you so much for sharing it here.