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Funeral Celebrant

Thanadoula contemplative end of living care Barb Phillips
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"Celebrants are drawn to this work by a strong realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated well.” ~ Charlotte Eulette, North American Director and Co-Founder of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute

A Funeral Celebrant's mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural backgrounds and values—religious and non-religious—of your loved one and your family.

cel125My wish as a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® is to demonstrate to people how to genuinely re-connect with themselves and each other through the revived ancient traditions of ceremony, ritual and oral story-telling.

Personalized Funeral and Eulogy

As a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® I will spend quality time creating a ceremony and learning about your loved one through meetings and interviews with family members and friends. Interviews that are sensitive and aware of the different personalities of those individuals, their grieving needs and how the individual family members express themselves.

In collaboration with you we will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. You are given complete choice to the final approval over the ceremony/eulogy.

It would truly be my privilege to provide you with the finest in meaningful and personalized funeral ceremonies that pay tribute to and honour the life of those you love.

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"Barb was a big support to me in the planning of the "Ceremony" to be conducted at my mother's green burial. She did a BRILLIANT job of pulling all the desired elements together. I had numerous comments from friends and family on what a lovely ceremony it was." ~ Leslie Watson



"Barb supported me after my husband's death in two ways. The first contribution was in crafting with me, all that was needed to provide a memorial service of thanksgiving and remembrance for family and friends after my husband's cremation. Barb brought thoughtful and meaningful readings, spiritual connections and engaging rituals to the gathering.

Ten months later I asked Barb to guide me through yet another element, the ceremony to accompany the interment of my husband's ashes in the cemetery memorial garden. The flow of both ceremonies Barb conducted for me were peaceful, focused, and totally reflected my wishes. Barb is sensitive, caring, a very good listener and very successfully created memorable events during very difficult times, honouring all that was important for the family.

I recommend her with total confidence, knowing that through her passion for this work, she will always take the time needed to get all the meaningful information needed to honour the situation for which she is asked to be a Celebrant." ~ Madeleine Thibault-Smith



"Words cannot describe the care and kindnesses Barbara provided to myself and loved ones throughout this difficult journey.  My son Keegan would have definitely approved of what was offered as a personal reenactment of his short life story. 

Barbara took the time to get to know all of us and understand who Keegan was in person and in spirit.  As he was only 20 years old when he died, Barbara had a challenge to understand the lingo and the depth of a young persons feelings and creativity.  She met this with grace and a deep respect to and for my son.  Barbara was able to capture Keegan's essence with every word she spoke of him. 

I appreciate all the time, care and detail Barbara spent to write and speak to the person Keegan was and his legacy. Many truths and wisdom about life and death were taught to me by her words. I will forever cherish these words and remember them as I learn to cope with my new life that has been forever changed by my son's death. " ~ Thank you so much, Janice Coupland


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