Cynthia is a Certified Celebrant. She is also an author of A Caregiver’s Companion Spiritual Support for the Stressed Out Soul chosen as 2017’s Best Book on Caregiving by Focus on Women, a blogger on Caregiving, a caregiver to her husband with Stage 4 colon cancer, a facilitator of GriefShare for church groups, a Board member, an artist, a poet, a corporate trainer, an entrepreneur, a grandmother and someone who simply likes to give back.
Cynthia will lead you through the process and bring ideas for you to think about, review and give a thumbs up or down. She will listen, ask questions, listen and ask and listen some more. She writes what she hears and if time is available at all, you will have the opportunity to review and edit what is said so that it is as close to perfect as possible. If there are friends, co-workers or other relatives you want her to chat with, she will reach out to them to round out the eulogy. She floats around the service and chats to see if there are stories to add in from those in attendance.
Cynthia weaves the stories into a life story that brings the person to life, brings smiles, tears and laughter to the service. People left saying it was the best service they have been to – ever.
It can take much longer to find a place of adjustment and healthy grieving when those needs are ignored and avoided. It’s not about the cost or the flowers or the casket or urn. It’s about the healing power of speaking and embracing and acknowledging. So, call it a tribute, a gathering, a memorial, a funeral–please just have one. It’s important to you, your health, your family and your community to carve out that sacred and special time to remember.