Ceremonies for End of Life

Caring for a loved one after death is a sacred experience.  I believe that we all have a natural capacity and desire to be with death in a conscious, compassionate and loving way.  

I support families in making their own choices during this time.  I offer hands-on assistance and advice, and I help families understand what’s most aligned with their values and what’s legal in the state of Minnesota.  I also offer funeral celebrancy services and guidance on green burials.  

After-Death Care and Vigils

Families have several options for caring for their loved one at home:

  • Hold a home vigil.  A vigil is a time when family and friends come together to sit with the body of the deceased.  It may last from one to three days, and often involves prayer, readings, candles, and flowers. Vigils offer a time for reflection, acceptance, communion, and peace.  
  • Family members may choose to wash, dress, and prepare the body for viewing. This can be a way of honoring and respecting their loved one.
  • Hold a home funeral, also known as a family-directed funeral.  A home funeral is a celebration of a departed loved one that takes place in a familiar space in a manner that reflects the life and values of the deceased and the people who care.

Funeral Celebrancy

Our life is our story. We are a collection of births, transitions and deaths that reveal our story. Funeral rites offer our community a chance to come together to reflect and acknowledge these stories. As a celebrant I have been trained to compose and officiate personalized funeral ceremonies for families.

As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® I will:

  • Deeply listen. Learning from you, I will take the time to listen to stories and reflections shared by family and friends.
  • Personalize. We partner together to create a ceremony that reflects your loved one’s personality, lifestyle, character and values.
  • Collaborate. We will work together to create a personalized eulogy that may include quotes, music, symbols and rituals.
  • Keep communication clear and bright. All aspects of the ceremony will be approved by you before the ceremony is delivered.
  • Welcome all. The ceremony will reflect the beliefs, values, wishes and cultural background, religious or non-religious, of your loved one and your family

Fees (Fair Energy Exchange)

My fee varies based on the type of ceremony and the amount of preparation involved. The range is typically $350-$500.  I offer a free 30-minute consultation so we can learn about each other and see if we’re a good fit. Contact me

Kind words 

About Anne’s end-of-life work

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road.  Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment.  She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.

Frank Ostaseki

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