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Funerals, Death, and Dying

The Journey

Life’s Moments & Milestones

Join me as I share stories, tips, and insights about creating authentic ceremonies and transformational moments to honour your journey through life.

Are We Dead Wrong About Closure?

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying1 Comment

“But why do I still feel so sad,” he asked, his damp eyes circling mine for an answer. I took hold of the strong hands belonging to the man I adore and struggled to find words to reconcile his broken heart. “Honey, your mother died. You’re supposed to feel sad.” I watched as relief slowly washed over his pained face. … Read More

Funerals, God and Why We Need Ceremonies

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying1 Comment

“He wasn’t religious, so we didn’t have a funeral,” she told me. I was saddened to learn that my new friend had missed the opportunity to honour her wonderful husband’s life with a relevant and healing ceremony. She’d attended too many convenient, ready-made funerals that failed to resonate, so she decided that doing nothing was better than doing something that … Read More

10 Things I Wish You Knew About Funerals

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying5 Comments

Funerals may not be part of your Sunday family dinner conversation, but—having grown up with funerals in our family business—they have been part of mine for virtually my whole life. Couple that with my vocation as a Life-Cycle Celebrant, and I’ve learned a few things about good end-of-life ceremonies. Here are the top ten things that I wish you knew … Read More

Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying, Life's Journey, Marking Milestones13 Comments

  People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.” “But you’re a Celebrant!” they say. “Doesn’t that mean you like to celebrate?” Well, yes…and no. It depends. Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word: Call me a killjoy, but I’m not a huge fan of the “happy funeral” … Read More