As a funeral celebrant, I paint a sensitive portrait of your loved one by selecting meaningful readings, poetry, and music — as requested; along with writing the life biography or eulogy. These elements are woven together to nourish all who assemble to pay tribute. Material for the service is gathered during a personal meeting, where I listen carefully, learning about your loved one’s character, spirit and passions. I go on to spend hours creating an honest and heartfelt ceremony, and speak to others to discuss their participation, if that is indicated. The ceremony is presented to you beforehand, to confirm accuracy in every detail, as well as to ensure that the entire ceremony is a true expression of your loved one’s life and your wishes.
A celebrant funeral or memorial ceremony is designed to be intimate, and real – in a caring, considerate way that pays close attention to the lifetime we honor, along with those who are left behind to find their way. As I officiate, I read from a binder with warmth and compassion. After the last words are spoken and the silence is breathed in when the ceremony comes to a close, the divine spark remains lit. The flame that continues to burn in your heart can never be taken away – your loved one’s lasting legacy belongs to you.
Our journey together is collaborative. I write and officiate personal ceremonies for Celebrations of Life, Funerals, Memorials, Scattering Ceremonies, Cremations, and Remembrance Rituals. I will also work with you to write a eulogy for a loved one that you may wish to deliver yourself.
Your budget is an important consideration when planning your lifetime event. Since all of my services are tailored specifically to your occasion or milestone event, I will quote you my fee once we speak on the phone and I learn more about your specific event and what you want and envision. It is very rare that I conduct more than one ceremony a day – thus focusing entirely on you. Usually, the least amount of time I dedicate to any client is 20 hours – often it is much more.
Debbie is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant serving the Houston, Beaumont, Galveston and outlying areas of Southeast Texas. She graduated from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute as Valedictorian of the summer 2016 Graduating Class with a certificate in Funeral Celebrancy. She is proud and honored to also be a member of CF&I’s distinguished Alumni Association.
Having been born and reared in Texas, Debbie is very familiar with the diverse beliefs and cultures associated within her State. It is her belief that every person has a life story and their story should be told to honor and preserve their history for their family, friends and community.
On a personal note, she loves living in her cute little cottage home near Galveston Bay and enjoys sailing, working in her tropical yard, traveling, visiting with family and friends and being a Life-Cycle Celebrant.