Kristabeth Eleanor Atwood, M. Div.
Life Transition Specialist
Officiant, Spiritual Mentor, and Transition Coach
Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC
Sometimes we choose change and sometimes change chooses us. I’m Kristabeth Atwood and I specialize in helping people going through life transitions. 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, we all face change throughout our lives. I believe these life transitions provide rich opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation.
Through my business, Rites of Passage, I use my skills as an officiant, spiritual mentor, and transition coach to walk with my clients through the changes in their lives by:
- providing inclusive spiritual support for exploring life’s big questions,
- offering tools to plan for life’s changes,
- 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 felt called to walk with others through the joys and sorrows of life. 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.
For over 20 years, I’ve been honored to accompany people through the transitions of their lives – first as a church pastor and now in my work with people of all spiritual and secular worldviews. I officiate weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies and other unique life transition rituals, dive into the big questions that often arise in the face of change, and share tools to plan ahead for the inevitable changes life brings.
In addition to my professional experience, my personal journey through the joys and challenges of marriage, divorce, re-marriage, becoming a stepparent, relocation, career changes, the trauma of violence, and loss of loved ones informs my work. I bring my expertise, experience, and gifts to help my clients pause, reflect, acknowledge, and embrace the transformative power of change so they can experience growth, healing, and transformation and move into the next season 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