If you’ve stumbled across this website, it’s most likely because you are bereaved or you are supporting someone in your life who is grieving. First, and foremost, I am sorry. I am sorry you are going through one of the hardest possible encounters a person can go through. I am sorry you no longer have your loved one in your arms or the dream of the new life you were excited for.
One of the most important things for you to know is you are not alone. Alive and Mortal is comprised of an online community - and through our attachments to each other, primarily in a Facebook private group, we are all surviving and many are thriving.
I am glad you are here.
THESE ARMS ARE HONED AS AN EXPERIENCED EVENT PRODUCER AND MINISTER. YOU CAN TRUST ME WHEN YOU PUT YOUR MEMORIAL, CELEBRATION OF LIFE OR ANY SERVICE AFTER A LOSS IN MY ARMS.
You can draw on my previous career as an event producer - who ran events as large as 4,000+ attendees per day - and my experience as an interfaith minister.
Your service is a singular event... and this gathering of loved ones will never happen in this particular way again. This is a "sacred" time - a time set apart from the ordinary. I am experienced in holding the tender, profound energy of your sacred moments.
I perform ceremonies and services because I love doing it and know it is a sacred thing. It is an honor to be invited into the important moments of people's lives. Every service is unique. Whether it is a memorial, baby dedication, renewal of vows or a wedding... I enjoy bringing people together and focusing on the things that matter most in this life. We can blend faith traditions or create something entirely new!
For couples who are marrying after a loss - I am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. PREPARE/ENRICH is a leading relationship inventory and skill-building program to significantly improves a couple's relationship. I schedule 1 - 3 sessions with couples to prepare and enrich their bonds.
I am an interfaith Minister, former minister of Congregational Life, a public speaker, coach, author, ritual celebrant and expressive facilitator.
My study-guide for the book Entering the Healing Ground by Francis Weller is currently being used internationally, including in "Healing Circles for Grief and Loss" via Commonweal and I have published articles and a book chapter for Open to Hope.
I am a member of the International Expressive Arts Society.
I have taken post-graduate studies through the American Art Therapy Association.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Music, and a Master’s degree in Theology (M.Div).
From pretty early on, I preferred the deeper spaces of human interaction and loved engaging wholeheartedly. My losses made me dive even deeper:
⁃ my father's death in early childhood
⁃ my own near-death experience in my adolescence
⁃ divorce in young adulthood
⁃ fertility challenges
⁃ death of my soul mate and life partner
⁃ loss of access to step children after their father's death
⁃ surviving a mugging
⁃ surviving an assault
⁃ multiple pet losses
⁃ suicide of two close friends
Due to my early encounters with death from the age of 4, I was always asking questions. I began studying physical impermanence, spirituality and creativity from about 14 years of age.
Needless to say, I have seen much of what is out there and a lions-share of it is unhelpful and even, at times, very damaging.
Therefore, here we are.
My Masters of Divinity included a focus on spiritual formation through nature and creative arts - visual, auditory and expressive. My bachelors was in theatrical set design, lighting design and music. I served as an interfaith chaplain for homeless women and trained with the Zen Hospice Project and Hospice of the Valley.
WORKSHOPS AND SPEAKING FOR YOUR EVENT OR CONFERENCE
I am accustom to multicultural and diverse age communities. I possess a visa for international travel. Please email me with your dates, location and topics of focus. If you have a topic of interest, I am always willing to work with groups and individuals to meet your content goals!
Grief and Improvisation Workshop, Rituals for the Journey, Impermanence and Evolving Bonds - an Expressive Arts Workshop
The Power of Personal Narrative and Story, Compassionate Presence for the Dying and Grieving, Widows and Widowers - Say Hello to the Grief of Your Children