Your Celebrant!

About Risa

Whether it is your joyous coming together in life-long partnership, the heralding of a new being into your world, the movement from one stage of your life to the next, or the somber honoring of a loved one's passing, let me meet with you. Together we can craft a personalized ceremony that will truly pay tribute; reflecting your values, customs and beliefs.

I am a certifed Life-Cycle Celebrant, specifically trained in the art of creating ceremony that gives personal meaning to life's most significant Rites of Passage. As a Non-Denominational Minister, ordained by the Universal Brotherhood Movement, I am granted the power to be a legal officiant of marriages and civil unions.

I come to you with many years of experience as a Marriage and Family Counselor, and as a Rites of Passage Educator. Hours spent listening to peoples' greatest hopes, highest expectations and deepest feelings has informed my commitment to creating authentic, meaningful experiences that effectively mark life's major milestones.  


Weddings and Vow Renewals


Let's celebrate YOUR BIG DAY the way you've always dreamed.

I will meet with you, advise, consult, and write as many drafts as needed -- until we get it just right.

And only then, will it be my great honor to conduct YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY!

Celebrations of Life: Funerals & Memorials


There is no simple formula to acknowledge, and come to terms with the passing of a life.  Families today often consist of relatives from different backgrounds and varying religious customs and beliefs. I am available to  meet with you, and the significant others. Together we will craft a customized memorial service that pays tribute and reflects your values. Time spent listening to people in their darkest hours has given me the compassion and skill to work with you and 

your family.

Pet Ceremonies


A Pet Memorial Service can offer comfort, embrace the grieving process, and acknowledge the depth of your relationship with your pet.  It provides a time for the family to celebrate that life, and remember all the wonderful times spent together. For children, it can provide some closure, and create a model for coming to terms with 

future losses!


“It was a pleasure working with you. You made everything so much easier at such a difficult time. On behalf of my Mom (who so loved your work) 

and me, thank you again for the very special gift 

you gave us."

Jim H. - Father's Memorial

Clearwater, FL

"I have to say, again and again, Risa conducted a wonderful ceremony!  Seeing someone else's, makes me realize how lucky we were to have her!  Perhaps for our 5 year anniversary we will have another big party.  Maybe we can convince her 

to come back and Renew Our Vows!"

Christine & Graham, Wayne, NJ

"The ceremony was wonderful!  We were more than satisfied with Risa's services. It was a pleasure meeting her, and we were delighted to have her perform the ceremony and share the beautiful evening with us. We would definitely refer people 

to her!"

Rhonda & Eddy, Longboat Key, FL


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Loving Heart Ceremonies offers a 10% Military Discount on all usual and customary fees. 

It's our way of saying, “Thank you for your service.”

Loving Heart Ceremonies

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