Jan 15, 2020

Funeral/Burial/Memorial Officiant Certification Program - March 27 - 29, 2020


Hello Present and Future Colleagues,

Fewer and fewer people have a religious affiliation nor a pastor, rabbi, iman or other faith-based professional to help them in their grief and officiate at end-of-life events.  This is why those who feel called to the work are now being invited to step forward to fill this needed compassionate service.  

 As a pastor, theologian, university professor and hospice and hospital chaplain I have gained a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions. I believe that every life has meaning and deserves to be mourned and celebrated. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, well prepared tribute can be a valuable source of healing and ease the pain. 

As a burial, funeral and memorial officiant you will learn to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values - religious and non-religious- of your client's loved one and their family.  

Through this educational program you will grow proficient at creating an event in an unhurried way with designated family and friends. In collaboration with the family, you will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony that can include music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. Family and friends may choose to participate in the service or not. Each detail will be cared for and finally approved by the family. Nothing is imposed by you. They have complete choice of and final approval over the ceremony. Above all, the burial service, funeral or memorial will reflect the wishes of the family and the deceased. A funeral allows them to grieve their loss, honor their loved one, and celebrate life.  

With compassion, sincerity and great care, you will then officiate at the ceremony in their home or yard, funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or memorial location of their choice.  Following the event you will give them a copy of the ceremony as a keepsake.

If what I've said here rings true for you, go to www.spiritworks.org and click on the link that lays out the complete practical participatory program that begins the evening of March 27, all-day March 28, and 9:00AM -1:00PM on March 29.  

**Additional work is done on your own timeline and schedule. When certified your information will be posted on the Spiritworks website listing and sent to regional hospices, nursing facilities, hospices and funeral homes.   


May 1 - 2, 2020 - The Portico Community Hall: "Seeking Stillness" Event

Friday evening and Saturday Tricia will facilitate a better understanding o prayer practices drawn form her book, Paths to Prayer, Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God.  The book helps individuals discover their prayer type and explore 40 ways to pray from 2000 years of Christian tradition.  

This event is open to the public.  To register contact:

Rev. Justin LaRosa,  Justin@theportico.org


1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Hyde Park United Methodist Leadership Team - Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Tricia will be working with the pastors, staff and leaders of Hyde Park Church in Tampa, Florida.  80-90 lay leaders from their various committees will gather for a time to examine their personal spiritual prayer practices as well as how they can incorporate prayer into their committees and working groups.

CONTACT:  The Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastyor

813.253.5388, ext. 227

500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606 

Nov 27, 2019

Illumination at Winter Solstice - 2020

Illumination at Winter Solstice - 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020  - 5:30 PM

Join with SpiritWorks and VITAS Healthcare

@ Penn Forest

for the Winter Solstice Celebration  - OPEN to ALL

Watch to Register in November and December

Address:  Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

121 Colorado Street, Verona PA 15147

Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.  We’ll begin the observance, that begins at 5:00 p.m., by following the path of 100 luminaries. 

Amid music and drums we will enjoy the outdoor fire circle, bringing to mind those who have moved on to the unseen whelm, and burning a Yule log to mark the day.  To contribute to good works in the new solar year participants are asked to bring canned food that will be contributed to the local food pantry.  In the case of rain you will be guided to next door’s Returning Home Farm barn to celebrate with the donkey and goats. 

For more information email SpiritWorks:  pdbrown@spiritworks.org or text 412-999-1912