By Elaine Voci, Ph.D.
I am a writer and a celebrant. Recently I read a dedication page in a book for writers that named “Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela and those writers from all over the world who, in all times and places, have written to make things better” and I thought to myself, ‘that’s a good description of the common interest of many writers today in our fractured world.’ I believe that same ambition also helps to explain why many of us become celebrants – to make a difference, to make things better, and to support positive changes emerging in the world. Here are some of the ways that writers and celebrants share roles and responsibilities as they strive to deliver on that ambition:
Writer Barbara Kingsolver noted that “The difference between happy people and unhappy ones is that happy people have found a use for themselves, like a good tool.” Writers and celebrants are happy people with generous hearts and bold spirits because they tell stories that have the power to heal, to give people hope, to teach empathy and encourage positive interaction in our human community. We are weavers spinning a new kind of worldwide web, one book at a time, or one person at a time.
Elaine Voci is a life coach, specializing in end of life services, in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute class of 2014. The published author of five books, Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.
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