What I Do


As a Celebrant, I have been specifically trained and certified to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. I will design a service for your loved one that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs, and experiences that defined the loved one.

As loss, grief and sorrow are natural parts of life, a personalized memorial, celebration of life or funeral service helps us receive the support of family, friends and community during this time of transition and release. It is important that families know they are being served by someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best service.

I will ask you and your family to share information about your loved one to include the history of the deceased along with the family members’ favorite memories, sayings, stories, jokes, etc. – as much of a Biography as they want to share. The more information the family gives – the better the Eulogy will be.

When the family wants to provide part of the service themselves, I will consult with the family contact person and prepare the service accordingly. If someone wants to contribute to the service, but feels they would be too emotional to personally present their contribution, I encourage them to write out what they want to share, and I’ll present their words for them.

Please call or email me with any question or request:
phone: (917) 282-6562
email: sarah@sarahritchiefunerals.com

Why a Celebrant?

Your family members may practice different religions or define spirituality in different ways. And maybe a deceased loved one may not have been religious, but you and your family may want the service to reflect the love and significance of the relationships they shared with that person.

Maybe you would like the service held in a specific place, one that reflects the lifestyle and personality of the person who died. This could be a community hall, a University campus auditorium, a favorite restaurant, the family home or some other unique setting. A cemetery can also be a meaningful and natural setting for a personalized interment of your loved one’s cremated body or an earth burial in a casket.

Those with a life-limiting illness may wish to participate in the planning and design of their own funeral, memorial or celebration of life service. And a Celebration of Life may be the most appropriate way to honor him or her.