Every life should be celebrated, but it can be hard to find the right words. You know the ones I mean: the honest ones that cause readers or listeners to breathe in with satisfaction and think how, yes, that was just it. That was a true reflection of someone they love very much, or perhaps: that was a reflection that helped them understand someone in a way they hadn’t, before.
Do you carry, in your heart, a person whom you would like to see written down? Maybe that person is a loved one, or maybe that person is your very own self; either way, I would like the opportunity to see that person through your eyes and treasure him or her along with you.
I would like the opportunity to use my gift of words to capture the essence of your person. In Alta Gerrey’s “7.3,” she writes about spirits who love us and land on the lamps to give us comfort and courage. I hold this image close and took the name of my business from Gerrey’s poem; I see my work as discerning and writing what is essential about someone.
Perhaps you have been asked to give a funeral speech. Perhaps, as part of your own planning, you want to provide your loved ones with a prepared eulogy. Whatever your situation, if you are working toward a memorial service and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of putting a life story on paper, I can help.
I have been trained in pastoral care to include bereavement, and I hold a Master of Arts degree in English. The work of writing remembrances or memorial tributes brings out both my spiritual gift of mercy and my education as a writer and grammarian. In short, I believe it to be a calling on my life.
I hope you will entrust me with the life story on your heart. Please contact me to schedule an hour of sharing over the phone. If you are located in Greater Richmond, Virginia or its surrounding counties, please consider my services as a photographer as well; I can provide both headshots and family photos for display at future events.
Blessings, Brandee Shafer