Photo | Funeral Celebrant, Danna Schmidt
Waypoint Ceremonies
BellevueWA 98006
United States
[email protected]

Before and after death is both a tender time and a tending time.

As a certified Master Life-Cycle Celebrant® trained in the art of delivering artisanal end-of-life tributes, I work closely and compassionately with you to craft a ceremony for your loved one that is both personalized and memorable. My end-of-life offerings include the co-creation of living tributes, end-of-life spiritual direction and vigils, home funerals, graveside ceremonies, memorial services, celebrations of life, and rituals of remembrance.

I have known my own share of grief and loss and can attest, as many of us can, to having attended funerals that have left me feeling as though there was something hollow or generic about the service. No matter the circumstances or time constraints, there is always a way to mark the moment with authenticity and beauty. A good ceremony honors death, commemorates the essence of our dearly departed ones, invites healing, and affirms life.

My time with you is highly dedicated. I lean in with attuned ears, watchful eyes and an open heart to the stories, mementos, interests, beliefs and rituals most beloved to you and yours. I then co-weave a ceremonial experience that feels meaningful and inspiring, and that befits the honoree. The ceremony transcript is final only when you are completely satisfied with every word and ceremonial inclusion, and the keepsake copy I provide to you is yours to treasure always.

I bring a wealth of experience as a professional writer, event planner, comparative religions scholar, hospice volunteer and trained home funeral guide to my celebrancy work ~ and it shows. From the small creative touches and commemorative visuals, to transformative rituals, readings, music and keepsake items – I help you infuse the ceremony with custom elements so you can Say the moment RITE...the Ceremonious Way.