Certified Celebrants


Our certified celebrants help create and present a funeral, memorial, or celebration of life that is unique and personalized. Many families today do not belong to a church or have a minister. Many of these families choose to have a celebration of life service instead of or alongside a traditional sermon. Our celebrants are trained to provide this important service. Our celebrants honor the wishes of the family to deliver either a religious or non-religious service. Families can design a memorial tribute just the way they want.


Julie Freese

Certified Celebrant - Family Service Counselor

Julie Freese is one of five staff celebrants at Cedar Memorial. For those families who are more spiritual than religious, Julie helps create a personalized service that focuses on the individual’s life and legacy.


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Jim Parton - CelebrantJim Parton

Certified Celebrant

As a Certified Celebrant, Jim Parton meets with families to plan very personalized services, incorporating stories shared by the family, favorite readings or poems, meaningful thoughts and music to create a one of a kind experience.


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Jim Coyle - CelebrantJim Coyle

Certified Celebrant - Human Relations Director

Jim Coyle holds a Doctorate in Counseling and has devoted his life to guiding people toward a better place through service and education. As a Certified Celebrant, Jim lives out his passion for helping Cedar Memorial’s families fulfill their wishes to honor the life and loss of their loved ones.


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Paula Meyer - CelebrantPaula Meyer

Certified Celebrant

Paula Meyer, a Certified Celebrant since 2014, uses her careful listening skills to transform family memories and thoughts into a service worthy of their family member who has now passed.


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Renee Lunemann - CelebrantRenée Lunemann

Certified Celebrant

Renée became certified as a celebrant through the Insight Institute in 2017, but her entire career has been devoted to helping others heal – whether physically, spiritually or emotionally.


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