Endorsements: Feedback About the Celebrant Experience
Funeral & Memorial Ceremonies, family letters:
Your questions and support helped me dig down to a place where I could tap into my underlying experience of my mom and find a way to articulate it. Then you were able to extract the essence of my stories and put them together in an order and with readings that drew a clear and meaningful picture. You really helped me first find and then manage to express what I wanted and needed to find and express! You enabled this funeral to become a critical part of my own mourning process and not simply an exhausting task that I performed for others while ignoring my own emotional needs. Many of the other mourners also recognized and appreciated this quality in the ceremony you developed for us. I think it was your guidance that opened the way for so many people to feel comfortable enough to speak. Many of the guests expressed that it was a beautiful ceremony, and several even mentioned that they felt this was the most "honest" and meaningful funeral ceremony that they had ever attended. A num ber of my friends asked me for your contact information so that they could have it available if the need arises in the future. Sincerely, Julian
I called you the last week in June to ask for your help in the organization of a memorial service in Miami on behalf of my recently deceased mother in law, Lala Portes. I greatly enjoyed our telephone conversation at the end of which you promised to call Ms. Peggy M. Lewis, a celebrant trained by your organization. Within the hour, I had heard from Peggy. With her help, I was immediately able to secure a location for the ceremony, the church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux at the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach, the area where Lala lived for nearly 20 years. In the subsequent days, Peggy was enormously helpful in the design of the service. The Portes family is blessed with many creative individuals and Peggy unobtrusively but wisely channeled every idea into what turned out to be an extraordinary event. I am very grateful to Peggy and to the Celebrant Foundation for transforming a difficult time for my family into a glorious moment of unity and joy.
Rest assured that I will continue to sing the praises of your organization and to recommend it to friends and colleagues.
I wish you and yours continued success in the future.
Department of Sociology and
Office of Population Research