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 (http://abbeyofthearts.com/) in which she spoke of living life with intention, and having a... 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 →

Raindrops, Roses and Red Tent Restoration

By Danna Schmidt, Certified Master Life-cycle Celebrant®. Two cups of water, it turns out, is the magic measurement needed to puree four years of healing. Two cups, mixed with the torn bits of emails and a litany of epistolary fragments that together, represent a realm of relational trespasses and toxic clutter I’ve allowed to take up... Continue Reading →

Funerals, God and Why We Need Ceremonies

Re-post from Linda Stewart, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® Linkedin.com- Linda Stuart “He wasn’t religious, so we didn’t have a funeral,” she told me. I was saddened to learn that my new friend had missed the opportunity to honour her wonderful husband’s life with a relevant and healing ceremony. She’d attended too many convenient, ready-made funerals that... Continue Reading →


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