FIND A CELEBRANT


A funeral celebrant works closely with family and friends of the deceased (and sometime someone who is dying) to create and deliver highly personalized and unique funerals, memorials, and celebrations of life.

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UNITED STATES | CANADA


ARIZONA

Susun Cooper | Phoenix
602-971-0245
susuncooper@yahoo.com

Life-Cycle Celebrant


Rev. Karen Kennedy | Tucson
Graceful Goodbyes
520-777-5999

revkennedy@cox.net
Rev. Karen Kennedy co-creates “Living Memorial Services” with people who are approaching end-of-life so that they can receive the blessings of their family and friends as they face their final challenge. She also creates customized funerals and memorial services, in homes, churches, and desert settings. She will facilitate sharing circles, burning-bowl ceremonies, and guided meditations as appropriate to the family’s needs. Ordained Interfaith Minister



CALIFORNIA

Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham | Los Angeles
Sacred Crossings
310-968-2763
Olivia@sacredcrossings.com
www.sacredcrossings.com
Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals is a Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Celebrant currently servicing the Los Angeles area. Olivia teaches classes and workshops in Conscious Dying, Home Funerals & Green Dispositions and offers a certificate program in Death Midwifery.


Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick, BCC | Los Angeles
424-88-VISIT (424-888-4748)
www.Sacred-Waters.com
Rabbi Avivah makes the Jewish after-death washing ceremony known as taharah available to families, on their terms. This ancient, transformative purification rite is typically performed under strict limitations, at a mortuary. Sacred Waters opens the doors for families to take this spiritual experience for their own, participating, customizing, relocating, and fitting it into any disposition plans they like. Rabbi Avivah is an interfaith community hospice chaplain, co-author of "Exploring the Soul of Taharah" (now available on Amazon), and speaks widely on Jewish death ritual and culture.


Ann-Ellice Parker | Oakland
Seasons of Change Training and Consulting
510-301-0258
seasons.parker@gmail.com
www.caringseasons.com



COLORADO


Patricia Eagle | Alamosa
Horizons Ceremonies
303-946-5465
horizonsceremonies@gmail.com
www.horizonceremonies.com
Patricia is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® certified in funerals and memorials. She works with those wishing to pre-plan their end-of-life service. In addition she sometimes co-creates a ceremony for the family to officiate themselves. Patricia is studying home funerals, natural-death-care and green burials with Jerrigrace Lyons of Final Passages in Sebastopol, CA, and also studied with Natural Transitions in Boulder, CO. She started and is directing the San Luis Valley Threshold Choir in southern Colorado and is happy to be hosting the first Death Cafe in her area. Life-Cycle Celebrant®


Anita Larson | Denver
Think Outside the Coffin
303-489-5001
anitalarson22@gmail.com
www.thinkoutsidethecoffin.com
Anita Larson is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and Universal Life Church Ordained Minister. As a Funeral Celebrant she meets with families before, during or after death to provide guidance and capture stories. A Ceremony that reflects the family’s wishes and desires is crafted and suggestions for music, poems, readings, quotes, or rituals are offered. Anita is a Professional Speaker and passionate about educating audiences on topics related to end-of-life. Anita shares real-life stories of the most memorable Life Celebrations she has officiated. Uplifting, inspiring and humorous. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her creativity is off the charts. She has a beautiful way of bringing death topics out of the dark and into the light. Anita started and facilitates the Denver Death Cafe.



FLORIDA


Adriana Corral | Miami
305-992-2807
funeraltributecelebrant@gmail.com
www.funeraltributecelebrant.com



HAWAII


Bodhi Be | Maui
Doorway Into Light
808-573-8334
bodhi@doorwayintolight.org
www.doorwayintolight.org


ILLINOIS


Angie Buchanan | Deerfield
Earth Traditions
847-456-4833
angie@earthtraditions.org
www.earthtraditions.org
Angie is also a Rite of Passage Officiate, Earth Traditions Minister, Emeritus Board Member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Pagan Student Advisor at the University of Chicago, and member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and the National Chaplains Association. Angie lives and works in the Chicago area of Illinois, and in Wisconsin. She teaches a variety of workshops internationally. She creates and facilitates ceremonies for all of life’s passages, from birth through the grave. She is a founding member of Gaia’s Womb.


INDIANA


Montana Autumn Spencer | Indianapolis
Waking Memories

317-931-9108
montana@wakingmemories.com
www.wakingmemories.com
www.facebook.com/WakingMemories
Montana is a Certified Life-Cycle® Celebrant, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Death Midwife. She is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and a green burial advocate and educator. Montana is located in Indianapolis, but is willing to travel upon request.


MAINE


Rev. Nancy McAlley | Brooks
River of Life Ceremonies
207-722 9995

nansea6940@aol.com
www.riveroflifeceremonies.com
Nancy became certified as a Life Cycle Celebrant in 2011 and ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2012, and has done memorial services and funerals which are her passion.


MASSACHUSETTS


Megan Barber | Holyoke

413-320-2975

meganbarber@gmail.com
www.meganbarberceremonies.com

Life-Cycle Celebrant



MICHIGAN


Michael Brooks | Ypsilanti
Phoenix Metro Community Church
734-635-4591
bluehouse313@hotmail.com
Mike helped plant the simple (home based/organic) community church of which he is a part/leader, 4 years ago; prior to that he worked in more conventional/institutional church settings and denominations: such as Vineyard, Baptist and Anglican (Mike is originally from London, England). Mike has been a pastor/teacher/leader for many years. He is a professional musician (guitarist), worship leader, qualified teacher, graphic designer, blogger and writer. He has a number of degrees in Art, Product design and Math. Mike is also an avid reader and film buff.



MINNESOTA


Anne Murphy | Minneapolis/St. Paul
A Thousand Hands
651-964-9128
annievmurph@gmail.com
www.athousandhands.com/



MISSOURI


Rev. Kim Farmer, CNCM and Rev. Kenneth Farmer, CNCM | Squires
Neshamah
417-683-1700
kim@neshamahnetwork.org
www.sacredcrossing.org



NEW MEXICO


Gail Rubin | Albuquerque
A Good Goodbye
505-265-7215
gail@agoodgoodbye.com
www.agoodgoodbye.com
Are you “spiritual but not religious?” Do traditional funerals leave you cold? Have you told your family not to have a funeral for you? Funeral Celebrants make all the difference when you want to create “A Good Goodbye.” Gail Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (death educator) and a Certified Funeral Celebrant personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the In-Sight Institute. She will make make the service all about the person who died — their life, their loves and their quirks.


OREGON


Elisabeth Freise-Mick | Newberg
Sacred Celebrations
503-554-6815
info@sacred-celebrations.org
www.sacred-celebrations.org

Ordained Minister

Manena Seamons | Wilsonville
Heart Centered Memorials
503-750-5179
heartmemorials@gmail.com




TENNESSEE

John Christian Phifer | Nashville
Life By Life - Sustainable Funeral Care
615-504-6371
jc@lifebylife.com
www.lifebylife.com
www.larkspurconservation.org
John Christian serves as a home funeral guide specializing in natural burial. He is also a Certified Celebrant as well as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. John Christian is the Director of Community Outreach for the nonprofit Larkspur Conservation which is establishing a Conservation Cemetery in Nashville, TN.



WASHINGTON


Arissa Rench | Seattle & Puget Sound
A Ceremony With Heart
206-384-9843
arissa@aceremonywithheart.com
http://www.aweddingwithheart.com
http://www.aceremonywithheart.com

Certified Celebrant


Kateyanne Unullisi | Puget Sound

The Emerge Foundation
425-753-5016
Kateyanne@TheEmergeFoundation.com
www.theemergefoundation.com

Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant



WISCONSIN


Rev. Lucy Basler | Webster
Sacred Ceremonies Ltd.
715-866-7798 h, 715-566-2462 c
sacredceremoniesltd@gmail.com
www.sacredceremoniesltd.org

Ordained Interfaith Minister




CANADA


BRITISH COLUMBIA


Pashta MaryMoon | Victoria
Journeying Beyond
250-383-4065
contact@beyonds.ca
www.beyonds.ca/Journeying/home.html




ONTARIO


Rochelle Martin, BScN, RN, MDiv, CPMHN(C) | Hamilton
Funeral Alternatives
905-746-3074
funeralalternatives@gmail.com
funeralalternatives.wordpress.com/
www.facebook.com/funeralalternatives.ca
www.linkedin.com/pub/rochelle-martin/38/393/68


Barb Phillips | Roseneath

Phillips Lifestyle Management Inc.
705-924-3763 h, 905-376-3592 c
whisperingpinesstudios@gmail.com
www.barbphillips.ca 

www.facebook.com/Thanadoula

Certified Life Cycle Celebrant




Disclaimer: Please note that the list of celebrants and clergy above is provided as a public service and that inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement by the NHFA, nor is the NHFA party to any agreements between celebrants or clergy and individuals or organizations. To be included on this list, please contact nhfa.paper@gmail.com.



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