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
Manager of Community Relations

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
AfterCare Specialist

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
GriefCare and Community Outreach Specialist

Jim’s ability to connect with grieving families and speak from the heart are keys to why families love him both as a Certified Celebrant and in his role of GriefCare specialist.


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