When unexpected, painful and challenging events occur they can throw us off-track. The grief and isolation that may follow makes it difficult to return to ‘normal life’. Those close to us may feel helpless and distant.

At no other time is the need for ceremony greater.

Healing ceremonies are beginning to bridge the gap between those in need and their families, friends, and communities. When carefully and thoughtfully crafted, a healing ceremony allows your story to be told, so that you feel truly heard. It provides a way and a space for others to acknowledge and contribute to the long process of healing. It can also help to contain the myriad of feelings in a safe and meaningful way, so that you may begin to move through and beyond.

Pregnancy Related Issues. The pain of dealing with infertility is not always acknowledged in our culture. This is also true of abortions, stillbirths, and miscarriages. Healing ceremonies for these issues can help acknowledge the complex feelings that arise, share the pain of loss with others and begin to heal in the context of family and community.

Divorce/Un-coupling. Many women and men are choosing a divorce ceremony as a way to acknowledge the profound changes that occur during this time. These ceremonies are for healing the past, acknowledging the present and moving into the future. While some couples choose to do this ceremony together, others choose to do it alone. The symbols and rituals of becoming a single person can be quite meaningful and positive for many.

Illness/Injury. Illness or injury throws us off-course in so many ways. It is possible to gather strength and a sense of sovereignty in even the most difficult of circumstances. Gathering family and friends to this type of ceremony creates comfort and courage that far outlasts the moment.

Trauma. Healing from trauma takes tremendous courage. There often comes a point where, for further healing to occur, one’s story must be told and acknowledged by trusted friends and others. When this is the case, a healing ceremony can be crafted, which helps move the person further in their life.

Returning Soldiers/’Wounded Warriors.’ We read in the newspapers every day, it seems, about how we have failed our soldiers, upon their return home into our communities. This rite of passage, for many soldiers and their families, is excruciatingly painful and can have dire consequences. Healing ceremonies, where indicated, for either individuals or groups, can contribute in a positive way to bridge the pain and suffering of isolation and fear.

Memorial/Funeral/Life Celebration. A celebrant created funeral or memorial seeks to get at the essence of the person whose life is being celebrated and remembered. Through interviews with family members and friends, we create a ‘living’ story, which captures the complexity of his or her life.