Kristabeth Eleanor Atwood, M. Div.
Life Transition Coach, Ritual Designer, and Community Officiant
Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC
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 18 years as a faith leader, I witnessed the transformative power of ritual. As I officiated funerals, 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.
I believe the power of ritual transcends religious context. As I walk with people through the joys and sorrows of life, my passion is designing unique, personalized rituals for people of all worldviews and cultural, secular, and spiritual perspectives to mark life transitions, big and small. As a ritual designer, community officiant, and spiritual care coach, I feel privileged to help others honor and mark the meaningful moments that encompass all the seasons of life – from birth to death.
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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