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We Are All Storytellers

by Elaine Voci, Ph.d, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® Storytelling has a long history and is derived from oral traditions in which cultural mores and norms were passed from one generation to the next in the form of stories – stories that had a moral, or taught a value.  Did you know that the celebrant training curriculum of... Continue Reading →

Honoring Caregivers

by Sandra Monahan, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant®,  Master Wedding Planner, Instructor  It happens suddenly: a family member or loved one is stricken with a medical or emotional problem that will require short or long term assistance – and you or someone you love is immersed into the world of caregiving. Indeed, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter... Continue Reading →

My Celebrant Manifesto

by Elaine Voci, Ph.d, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® I was inspired to write a manifesto after reading a transcript of the most recent broadcast of “On Being” with Krista Tippett, featuring an article titled “The Monk Manifesto” by guest contributor Christine Valters Paintner ( in which she spoke of living life with intention, and having a... Continue Reading →

Ethical Wills and Legacy Letters: A Guide for Life-Cycle Celebrants 

by Elaine Voci, Ph.D., Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, Author and Coach Life-Cycle Celebrants® do more than officiate at weddings and funerals; they create meaningful and unique, often original ®ceremonies, rites, and rituals to mark life’s milestones.  Lately, they have also begun helping people write “ethical wills” (also referred to as “legacy letters”), special documents that allow individuals... Continue Reading →

Life-Cycle Death Doula

By Anne-Marie Keppel, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, Death Doula- Vermont USA The death doula calls I receive on a regular basis are not for the faint of heart. Without a consistent self-care and meditation regime I would feel a constant heartache. I am approached in grocery stores, I receive emails, social media messages, phone calls- all... Continue Reading →

Aging, it’s a Beautiful Thing

By Enid Medina, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® She awkwardly leans against the rake, and as if she were pushing and leading a dance partner, she drags the rake and moves one large banana tree leaf.  In one hand she struggles with the rake, in the other she holds a cane.  At 85 years old, one can... Continue Reading →

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