I provide highly personalized ceremonies for individuals who are not a member of a church or who simply don’t want a religious ceremony.

The loss of a loved one is often accompanied by an enormous sense of grief and loss.  Even if their death was expected, the reality of your loved one's passing can be very painful and overwhelming and the thought of preparing for a memorial or funeral can be very distressing.

I’m Aretha Gaskin, a Funeral Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute and I’m here to work with you at this difficult time. What exactly do I do?  I collaborate with you and your family to plan, craft and officiate a beautiful ceremony that is befitting to your loved one based on your requests.

 
 

Each of us makes our mark on this earth and when we are gone will leave a life story which is our own.

Words are very powerful tools, especially in times of great sadness and loss, and I'm here to connect with you to learn about the important facets of your lost loved one’s life and career, and after gathering all information, I craft and officiate a beautiful funeral or memorial ceremony to truly celebrate his/her life and achievements.

 
 

Committed Non-clergy Professionals

A Celebrant is a non-clergy professional who is trained and certified in preparing and delivering high quality personalized ceremonies for individuals who are not a member of a church or who simply do not wish to have a religious ceremony.  

I received my certification from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute.