Funeral celebrant, home vigil guide, death educator, spiritual director
As a funeral celebrant, home vigil guide, death educator, and spiritual director, I seek to restore our relationship to death.
This is more than my work. It’s a part of me and I am part of the changing story around death.
These sacred, challenging moments require deep listening, gentle guidance, and practical reverence and practice.
I believe that we all have a natural capacity and desire to be with with death in a conscious, compationate and loving way. Death offers us a doorway into the unkown, the unseen and can provides us the opportunity to transfrom and renew us. She is a teacher who walks with us from the moment of our birth until our final breath. Death is what makes life possible.
I’ve been a sensitive, intuitive guide since long before I did this work.
I spent many summers leading wilderness-based canoeing and backpacking trips in the northwoods of Minnesota and Canada. Helping people forge a personal relationship with nature was an honor and joy. I see my current work as no different from this.
Several years ago, I rediscovered ceremony and ritual. These have been powerful gateways in my own life, and I am delighted to share them with others as a way to connect to the sacredness of all the seasons of life — including death.
RECENT CERTIFICATIONS, TRAININGS & TEACHERS
Spiritual Direction, Sojourners Institute It’s an honor to guide people in such intimate ways. In this program, I’m learning new ways and tools to provide deeply supportive guidance through ancient, contemplative rhythms and modern understandings
Funeral Celebrant, The Celebrant Institute Ritual is a powerful way to mark milestones and transitions in our lives. In this program, I learned how to co-create personalized ceremonies for people of all beliefs and value systems and reflect their own personality, beliefs, and philosophy.
Home Funeral Guide, Final Passages Through this pioneer in alternative death care practices, I learned about conscious, sacred approaches to dying; home funerals and green burial; and how to create and carry out funeral arrangements.
Additionally I am a trained as Reiki Master and, Yoga Teacher (200hr) and Yoga Calm Instructor. I have received hospice and pastoral care training. These practices are part of me, and help me bring a gentle, healing embodiment to my work. I earned my undergraute degree from Northern Arizona University.
Being with the dying with Frank Osteseki and Joan Halifax, Upaya
Midwifing death at Aslan Institute
Befriending Death: Meeting Impermanence with Courage, Love and Equanimity with Kyoko Katayama
Advanced Health Care Directives, Minnesota Honoring Choices
Pastoral Care Training, Community of Hope International
Hospice Training, Health East
I live close to the riverbanks of the Mississippi in St. Paul, Minnesota with my dear husband, two children and our dog Luna. I’m currently learning how to play the guitar, prefer hugs to handshakes, sing in a community choir, love lake swimming and nighttime catwalks.
In Anne’s words…
“As far back as I can remember, my favorite times have involved nature, storytelling and shared experiences with other people whether that was through travel, sports, ritual or ceremony.”