A funeral celebrant works closely with family and friends of the deceased (and sometimes someone who is dying) to create and deliver highly customized and unique funerals, memorials, and celebrations of life.

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Susun Cooper | Phoenix

Life-Cycle Celebrant

Rev. Karen Kennedy | Tucson
Graceful Goodbyes
Rev. Karen Kennedy co-creates “Living Memorial Services” with people who are approaching end-of-life so that they can receive the blessings of their family and friends as they face their final challenge. She also creates customized funerals and memorial services, in homes, churches, and desert settings. She will facilitate sharing circles, burning-bowl ceremonies, and guided meditations as appropriate to the family’s needs. Ordained Interfaith Minister


Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham | Los Angeles
Sacred Crossings
Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals is a Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Celebrant currently servicing the Los Angeles area. Olivia teaches classes and workshops in Conscious Dying, Home Funerals & Green Dispositions and offers a certificate program in Death Midwifery.

Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick, BCC | Los Angeles
424-88-VISIT (424-888-4748)
Rabbi Avivah makes the Jewish after-death washing ceremony known as taharah available to families, on their terms. This ancient, transformative purification rite is typically performed under strict limitations, at a mortuary. Sacred Waters opens the doors for families to take this spiritual experience for their own, participating, customizing, relocating, and fitting it into any disposition plans they like. Rabbi Avivah is an interfaith community hospice chaplain, co-author of "Exploring the Soul of Taharah" (now available on Amazon), and speaks widely on Jewish death ritual and culture.

Ann-Ellice Parker | Oakland
Seasons of Change Training and Consulting


Patricia Eagle | Alamosa
Horizons Ceremonies
Patricia is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® certified in funerals and memorials. She works with those wishing to pre-plan their end-of-life service. In addition she sometimes co-creates a ceremony for the family to officiate themselves. Patricia is studying home funerals, natural-death-care and green burials with Jerrigrace Lyons of Final Passages in Sebastopol, CA, and also studied with Natural Transitions in Boulder, CO. She started and is directing the San Luis Valley Threshold Choir in southern Colorado and is happy to be hosting the first Death Cafe in her area. Life-Cycle Celebrant®

Anita Larson | Denver
Think Outside the Coffin
Anita Larson is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and Universal Life Church Ordained Minister. As a Funeral Celebrant she meets with families before, during or after death to provide guidance and capture stories. A Ceremony that reflects the family’s wishes and desires is crafted and suggestions for music, poems, readings, quotes, or rituals are offered. Anita is a Professional Speaker and passionate about educating audiences on topics related to end-of-life. Anita shares real-life stories of the most memorable Life Celebrations she has officiated. Uplifting, inspiring and humorous. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her creativity is off the charts. She has a beautiful way of bringing death topics out of the dark and into the light. Anita started and facilitates the Denver Death Cafe.


Adriana Corral | Miami


Bodhi Be | Maui
Doorway Into Light


Angie Buchanan | Deerfield
Earth Traditions
Angie is also a Rite of Passage Officiate, Earth Traditions Minister, Emeritus Board Member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Pagan Student Advisor at the University of Chicago, and member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and the National Chaplains Association. Angie lives and works in the Chicago area of Illinois, and in Wisconsin. She teaches a variety of workshops internationally. She creates and facilitates ceremonies for all of life’s passages, from birth through the grave. She is a founding member of Gaia’s Womb.


Montana Autumn Spencer | Indianapolis
Waking Memories

Montana is a Certified Life-Cycle® Celebrant, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Death Midwife. She is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and a green burial advocate and educator. Montana is located in Indianapolis, but is willing to travel upon request.


Rev. Nancy McAlley | Brooks
River of Life Ceremonies
207-722 9995
Nancy became certified as a Life Cycle Celebrant in 2011 and ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2012, and has done memorial services and funerals which are her passion.


Megan Barber | Holyoke


Life-Cycle Celebrant


Michael Brooks | Ypsilanti
Phoenix Metro Community Church
Mike helped plant the simple (home based/organic) community church of which he is a part/leader, 4 years ago; prior to that he worked in more conventional/institutional church settings and denominations: such as Vineyard, Baptist and Anglican (Mike is originally from London, England). Mike has been a pastor/teacher/leader for many years. He is a professional musician (guitarist), worship leader, qualified teacher, graphic designer, blogger and writer. He has a number of degrees in Art, Product design and Math. Mike is also an avid reader and film buff.


Anne Murphy | Minneapolis/St. Paul
A Thousand Hands


Rev. Kim Farmer, CNCM and Rev. Kenneth Farmer, CNCM | Squires


Gail Rubin | Albuquerque
A Good Goodbye
Are you “spiritual but not religious?” Do traditional funerals leave you cold? Have you told your family not to have a funeral for you? Funeral Celebrants make all the difference when you want to create “A Good Goodbye.” Gail Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (death educator) and a Certified Funeral Celebrant personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the In-Sight Institute. She will make make the service all about the person who died — their life, their loves and their quirks.


Rev. Kathy Jennings | Asheville
Sacred Presence
Rev. Kathy Jennings, Ordained Interfaith Minister, was ordained by the New Seminary in NYC 2002. She lives in Asheville NC and was first introduced to the Home Funeral Alliance through her daughter’s Waldorf school back in 2003 while living in Minneapolis. Kathy’s passion and service is to assist families in the co-creation of “Family Directed Funerals”. Look to her website for shared stories and offerings.


Elisabeth Freise-Mick | Newberg
Sacred Celebrations

Ordained Minister

Manena Seamons | Wilsonville
Heart Centered Memorials


John Christian Phifer | Nashville
Life By Life - Sustainable Funeral Care
John Christian serves as a home funeral guide specializing in natural burial. He is also a Certified Celebrant as well as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. John Christian is the Director of Community Outreach for the nonprofit Larkspur Conservation which is establishing a Conservation Cemetery in Nashville, TN.


Arissa Rench | Seattle & Puget Sound
A Ceremony With Heart

Certified Celebrant

Kateyanne Unullisi | Puget Sound

The Emerge Foundation

Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant


Rev. Lucy Basler | Webster
Sacred Ceremonies Ltd.
715-866-7798 h, 715-566-2462 c

Ordained Interfaith Minister



Pashta MaryMoon | Victoria
Journeying Beyond


Rochelle Martin, BScN, RN, MDiv, CPMHN(C) | Hamilton
Funeral Alternatives

Barb Phillips | Roseneath

Phillips Lifestyle Management Inc.
705-924-3763 h, 905-376-3592 c

Certified Life Cycle Celebrant

Disclaimer: Please note that the list of celebrants and clergy above is provided as a public service and that inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement by the NHFA, nor is the NHFA party to any agreements between celebrants or clergy and individuals or organizations. To be included on this list, please contact

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