Confluence Ceremonies

Marking Your Life's Important Moments

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I look forward to talking to you about your ceremony! I will respond quickly to any requests.

Kate Wallace Johnson

Email: katewallacejohnson@yahoo.com

Phone: 509-429-2844Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 2.36.00 PM

P.O. Box 447

Winthrop, WA  98862

2 Comments

  1. Hello Kate,
    I just finished your interview with Stacy Mitchell, prepping for teaching your pre-needs contract.
    I just wanted to say something about your thoughtfulness, and connection to your clients and community. It’s so easy to be jaded, in our interactions with Funeral Homes, (We had similar experience burying our Dad’s), and sometimes it’s still the same old boys club here, that though I know the business better then some of them, and that it has to evolve.
    So just a shout of hooray, to you, for showing everyone our worth, and not being afraid to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone, and the fluid thing that being a community Celebrant is.
    Maybe, I can talk you into attending the marketing class next semester, because my philosophy is similar to yours, and it would be extremely encouraging to my funeral students!

    Thank you for advancing Celebrancy!

    • katewallacejohnson@yahoo.com

      March 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Hi, Ron! I apologize if you’ve already received a response–our (rural!) server blipped this morning, and I can’t see that it sent what I wrote you.

      I appreciate your thoughtful and kind words of encouragement! When Stacy asked me if I would submit to an interview, I had that “Really? Me?” response. But, of course, if my experience is helpful to others, let’s get it out there! I know I learn so much from you veteran Celebrants every day on the fb page and in my classes! I’m happy if I can’t return the mojo.

      Good old boys clubs exist everywhere, and my experience teaches me that I want to approach them with dignity, grace, and neighborliness. More often than not, people’s responses to things “new” are the same the world over, and our work as Celebrants feels new and scary and threatening. Both to us from time to time and to the funeral industry. Fortunately, that industry, too, is changing fast, and I think in a few years, things will begin to look different. I hope this is true, both for Celebrants like you who feel shut out and for people who need more and better options for end of life ceremonies.

      In our rural but large county, the guy at the funeral home likely lives down the street from you, knows your husband professionally, and sees that his client, his first grade teacher, is also your friend. And, he knows he will need your help someday–maybe for a “weird” funeral request or when he needs a tow out of a snowy ditch. So we all do our part to get along. I know it works differently in bigger communities and where traditions are much older and more ingrained and where it’s easier to be anonymous. (I hail from Seattle and Dayton OH before that!)

      Bottom line: there are ways we can be of real use to the local funeral home that they can appreciate on some level, and this is as it should be. A community of professionals providing a suite of sensitive, compassionate choices to meet everyone’s needs is much more marketable than an unchanging edifice in a sea of change! No business or industry can survive if it refuses to change with the times.

      That’s marketing 101, isn’t it! Bob and weave, bob and weave is my mantra. And “Every stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet.”

      Call on me anytime; I’d be honored to offer anything I have to you and your students, Ron!
      Kate~~

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