Encircled Life Ceremonies


Funerals, Memorials, Celebration of Life in Northern Virginia and the DC Area

"And when the stream of life has passed, a consciousness remains upon the silent shore of memory; images and precious thoughts that shall not and cannot be destroyed."

William Wordsworth

Funerals Officiant in Virginia, Maryland, and DC
Ceremonies - Funerals Officiant in Virginia, Maryland, and DC

When a loved one dies...

it is an emotionally painful time. I feel a special calling to compassionately assist families during this life-changing transition. Compassion, I have found, is the essential ingredient of my being a celebrant - - it is being connected with someone else, not always in suffering, but connected by suspending all judgements and living in the moment with them, being in sync with their emotions by helping them create these life-affirming ceremonies.

Every Life Deserves to be celbrated well

Celebrants have been drawn to this work by a realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated and celebrated well. Funerals and memorials can be a valuable source of healing. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute may ease the pain.

Officiant for Funerals VIRGINIA/MD/DC

If you have a funeral home you will be working with, I will become a part of their team, their expert in ceremony. As your celebrant, whether a funeral or memorial, I will work with you in crafting a personalized ceremony that captures the unmistakable character of your loved one. I will bring to bear my experience and talents, along with my desire to honor the sacred in the life and passing of your loved one through shared celebration and remembrance.

Other Funeral Ceremony Options

Green Burials

Environmentally friendly burials in natural landscapes

Green burial–sometimes called natural burial–is a way of caring for the dead with dignity and minimal environmental impact. Green burials use non-toxic and biodegradable caskets, shrouds, and urns, and the body is not embalmed. The land remains in a natural state which does not require the use of lawn fertilizers, pesticides, or extensive landscaping. Natural grave markers, such as flat river stones, are used to mark the grave site. If a green burial is in keeping with you or your loved one’s philosophy in protecting the planet, I can help guide you through the process.

Home Funerals

DIY Funerals in the home.

Many people are returning to the way loved ones were laid to rest for generations, by doing it themselves. It is not just for financial or environmental reasons that people have moved back to the traditional home funeral. When families step toward death, care for their own in a natural way and add elements of intent, they create an atmosphere of love, healing, and gratitude. The burden is not only shared, it is lightened.


Ash scattering and graveside services

If you wish to postpone a memorial ceremony for a loved one who has passed until a later date when family can more easily gather, or to celebrate a life that would be best held in a natural setting: the beach, the mountains, a meadow, when the weather is pleasant, a committal might be the answer. Saying goodbye to your loved one at the cemetery, or by spreading their ashes is essential to begin the grieving and start life without them.

Animal and Pet Bereavement Ceremonies

Pet Memorials and Funerals

Pet Memorials and Funerals – Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love during the time they share with you. So when your beloved pet dies, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow. A memorial service offers comfort, embraces the grieving process and acknowledges your relationship with your pet. It is a chance to celebrate the life of your pet and to remember all the wonderful times together. It’s an opportunity to share stories, create a memorial space or simply treasure your memories. As a pet lover, I know that nothing can take away the grief we experience from such a loss, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute to your pet eases the pain.

Contact me about honoring your loved one.