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Funerea founder Mary Hamilton seeks to ease the process of ceremony planning at a time of crisis and grief. As the past executive director of a hospice, hospice R.N., and bereavement counselor, Mary attended many beautiful funerals and  also witnessed the added grief of family and friends that comes with an event that doesn’t fully represent who the loved one was.

Many Vermonters are not members of religious communities and as such, it can be daunting to put together a remembrance without the support and guidance they have historically provided. There is also a trend to rethink and recreate memorial rituals to more fully represent the beliefs of those who have died and the ones they have left behind. In the fog of grief, making numbers of decisions, calls, and plans can be overwhelming. And then, during the actual service, the mourner is often attending to details rather than being fully present for the ceremony.

Warm, compassionate, and caring, Mary will work closely with you to understand who is being celebrated, their relationships, and the essence they brought to the world in order to create a celebration that brings deep solace. Using skills developed as a non-profit event planner, Mary will suggest and contract with any services you need, be they venue, caterer, florist, or musician. She will be your point person taking care of the details so you don’t have to.

From the backyard potluck to a small gathering in a restaurant to a rented venue filled with jazz, and everything in between, Funerea* will support you as you craft a “proper send-off.”

*Funerea (few-nair-e-a)    Moths have played an important role in Mary’s life from high school when she dreamed of being an entomologist to muggy August nights as a young parent putting out sweet bait to attract and enjoy them with her children. She considers them her totem animal and finds their varied beauty, nocturnal ways, and attraction to the light magical.                           

While researching a name for her business, Mary came across the funeral moth, Apotomis funerea. As you might imagine, she saw this as a sign. That along with the moth as symbol of transformation made the name clear.