I am Zee Koza, an InSight Certified Funeral Celebrant and a Wedding Officiant. I have over 30 years experience in the human service field. A Certified Funeral Celebrant is a person who is trained to meet a family's needs during the most difficult time of their lives. A Celebrant is a person who serves the family by providing a personal tribute, funeral, memorial, or celebration of life that is crafted to reflect the life of a loved one. A wedding officiant a person who leads your wedding ceremony that's legally recognized to do so by the state of Oregon.
A family meeting with a Celebrant opens the doors to memories that bring both smiles and tears. Every life is worth remembering and celebrating. Honoring a life well lived with a Celebrant gives an opportunity to personalize the service in a way that you can’t find anywhere else. Each one of my services is customized for a person-centered experience. I feel so honored to do this work. Many find having a celebration of life brings needed comfort and closure.
All of us have been present at an impersonal funeral service at least once. We attend the service out of duty and respect to our loved one, but five minutes into a generic reading in which the individual’s name is inserted, we feel that something important is missing. No one cries. No one laughs. No one reacts. In fact, the service could be for anyone. Celebrant funerals are transforming traditional fill-in-the-blank services. This innovative option is offered in a unique partnership between Loveland Funeral Chapel and Koza Consulting Services.
When loss enters our reality, we awaken in an unfamiliar world. I believe in the power of story to heal. I want to help others share the story of their loved one. I serve by providing a funeral service, memorial service or tribute that is personalized and individualized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased after consultation with the family and loved ones and coordination with the funeral home.
Many community members today do not have a home church. They have no family minister. Many families are choosing to have a celebration of the life lived rather than a sermon. A Celebrant will honor the wishes of the family and is able to do either a spiritual or non religious service. The family can have a service just the way they would like. This is truly their service. Meeting with the family to offer guidance and consultation while planning a personalized and meaningful funeral or memorial to honor the loved one is the key to having a person centered tribute.
I have a wide library of resources for readings, music and other special ceremonies to help the family choose a service that honors life. I will speak the words for you that may be difficult for family members to share at this time.
Working directly with the funeral director on the arrangements and elements of the service, I am dedicated to the concept of providing a tribute that reflects the lifestyle and beliefs of each individual. Your service can have any elements, music and readings that are right for you and for your family. Together we will create and present a special moment that will honor your loved one's life in a special way and bring peace and comfort for family and friends.
When given a choice, many families are choosing celebrants to conduct services. As the trend grows, celebrants are serving families nearly every day in Washington and Oregon, There are approximately 18 certified Celebrants in Oregon and 25 in Washington and more than 1,200 In-Sight Celebrants that have been trained nationally to help families who are grieving.
I have additional studies in grief therapy and bereavement. You can be assured that your family will be served by someone who understands the process and your needs. Koza Consulting Services is prepared to offer a completely personalized service incorporating memories, unique stories, songs and experiences that defined your loved one.
The presence of a celebrant at a funeral, memorial, graveside service, tribute, tree planting, bench dedication or any other gathering will honor a life well lived.