Kristabeth Eleanor Atwood, M. Div.
Ritual Designer, Community Officiant, and Spiritual Docent
Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC
I believe the transitions of our lives provide rich opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve witnessed it in the people I’ve worked with over the past 20 years. Yet, often we avoid change, or just grit our teeth to get through because change is hard.
That’s why, in my work as a ritual designer, officiant, and spiritual docent, I walk with people through the transitions in their lives.
Through Rites of Passage, LLC, I help people through the spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of change by:
– providing inclusive spiritual support for life’s big questions,
– offering tools for navigating life’s passages,
– educating on the transformative power of change, and
– designing and officiating personalized rituals to mark life’s transitions.
I was twelve years old when I first recognized a desire within myself to walk with others through the joys and sorrows of their lives. As a youth and young adult, I innately recognized the need to honor and commemorate the transitions we inevitably face. The first funeral I officiated was for my pet rabbit who was laid to rest behind my childhood home.
During my 18 years as a faith leader, I officiated memorials, weddings, baptisms, house blessings, and countless other ceremonies. I was continually awed by the healing power of ritual to honor the past, celebrate the present, and point us toward the future.
Today, I embrace the power of ritual and spiritual reflection to transcend religious context. I feel privileged to help people honor and mark the meaningful moments that encompass all the seasons of life – from birth to death.
We all face changes throughout life, from the joys of births and weddings to the sorrows of death, illness, and divorce, to grappling with relocation, family struggles, identity issues, job changes, and loss. There is so much we can learn from these life transitions. In my own life, I’ve lived the joys and challenges of divorce, marriage, relocation, career changes, the trauma of violence, and the loss of loved ones. Through each of these transitions, I experienced transformation and growth. I help people pause, reflect, acknowledge, and embrace the transformative power of change so they can move into the next phase of life with hope.
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“When I rise up/ let me rise up joyful/like a bird. When I fall/let me fall without regret /like a leaf.”
~ Wendell Berry