Lin Cressey, Certified Life Celebrant

funeral officiant, end-of-life tributes, memorial services, committal ceremonies, grief counseling, grief companioning As a Celebrant, my focus is that of creating respectful and meaningful end-of-life tributes that honor the life of your family member or friend. I meet with families to gather information about deceased---everything from their biographical data to their childhood experiences, personal anecdotes, their work, hobbies and interests, the music and books they enjoyed to who that person was, what they stood for and what they meant in the lives of their friends and families. I work with you to weave together personal stories and eulogies with symbolic elements, music and readings to intentionally commemorate and celebrate life.

If you wish to write or participate in preparing your own funeral, memorial or celebration of life ceremony, I would love the opportunity to hear your story and create a ceremony with you and for you as well.

My intent is always to involve friends and family in presenting a culturally-sensitive service that will touch hearts and bring hope as well as the beginning of healing. Every family sees the entire written ceremony from prelude music through final disposition prior to the service and has final editorial approval. I provide music cue sheets for the funeral home staff to facilitate our work together in providing a professional and polished service. In the days following the service, I present families with a beautiful keepsake copy of the ceremony.

As you think of final commemoration services in your own life or in honor of a beloved family member or friend, I would be honored to create with you an End of Life, Celebration of Life, Funeral, Memorial Service, Graveside or Committal Ceremony that is a loving, hopeful and heartfelt tribute to life.

I also accompany individuals as a lay “grief companion” in their journey through grief and mourning following the death of a friend or family member. I have been loved and supported on my own grief journey since the death of my husband by a community of dear friends and family members who have provided tissues, loving hearts and listening, non-judgmental ears. I am currently working on a “Death and Grief Studies Certificate” from the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO. Although I’m learning that we always remember our family member, we can learn how to live rich, full lives again that honor our loss and incorporate their lives and life lessons into our own life.




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