Penny Carter Celebrant

Portland, OR

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Life is marked by a series of occasions. I believe each juncture deserves to be honored and celebrated! From birth, to our final passing, each event marks its own unique life transition.

I also have a passion for telling one’s life story. I hold a profound belief that every life deserves to be honored and celebrated. I am truly honored when asked to create a distinct celebration for those who have made a profound impact on our lives and in the community.

My memorials and celebrations of life come from a place of grace and creative expression that have the ability to uphold and support those who are grieving. Working in respectful collaboration, I strive to design meaningful services that offer joy-filled evidence that one has lived.

We may not all have been afforded the luxury of fame so that we are remembered by the masses. But each of us has a unique human spirit that I hope to access in order to foster an insightful and lasting memory in the hearts of those who remain.

In addition to memorials and celebrations of life, I offer pet celebrations of life.

Each ceremony includes:

* If the honoree is currently on a hospice program, a private meeting with him/her to discuss how he/she would like to be remembered. Through gentle conversation, I seek to understand the impact he/she has made on the lives of friends and family and on the landscape of their community. I also use this time to discover any specific ritual or traditions desired into his/her ceremony.

* If the honoree has passed, I hold a private meeting with friends, family and other loved ones to uncover the honoree’s personality, his or her life’s story and the beauty of that individual that made him/her special.

* I work with the honoree and/or family to create a thoughtful remembrance that is distinct and reflective of the honoree.

* If specific religious ritual is requested, I will work with the family to include members of clergy or other persons to include this aspect.

* Honoree/family to have complete and final say over ceremony.

* A commemorative copy of the ceremony.


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