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For 40 years I have worked with individuals, families and communities to create meaningful ceremonies to mark life’s transitions. I am a Certified Funeral Celebrant, certified through the In-Sight Institute in a training sponsored by the New York State Funeral Association.

As a recognized ritual expert, I write syndicated columns for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and United Press International Religion and Spirituality Forum and am an award-winning author of four books about multicultural ceremonial practice.


My extensive knowledge of funeral, memorial and life tribute services from many faiths and traditions coupled with my compassionate nature make me uniquely qualified to design and officiate at your end-of-life service.

I have experienced a great deal of loss in my own life and know intimately the deep pain of grief, as well as the exhilarating power of healing. This, perhaps, is my greatest qualification.

As your Celebrant, I pledge to listen to your stories, ideas, cares and concerns with an open mind and an open heart. I will guide you through the details of this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, and honor your intentions and beliefs in the service that I create.

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.

- George Eliot


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