I’m Annie Bolitho founder of Kinship Ritual.
The time before and after death is a time for communication. It’s not a time to rush. Kinship Ritual creates a space where you can pause. This makes such a difference when getting together at a sad time, and with the grieving process.
I’ve had more than 25 years’ experience with funerals and death care. I am passionate about the value of fresh and fitting arrangements at death.
My empathetic and responsive style encourages listening and understanding in families and groups. I help make difficult conversations easier.
As a celebrant I am warm, well-prepared, and hold the space comfortably whether the group of guests is small or very large. I have a flair for bringing out the beauty in everyday things.
I’d be honoured to support you as you think through what you want for a funeral.
Please view my website Annie Bolitho for information about workshops, funeral planning, life story editing and my book Death, a love project, a guide to exploring the life in death and finding the way together.
Kinship Ritual provided practical and sensitive guidance following a traumatic and sudden death. This involved the effort to build a comprehensive understanding of the deceased and to tailor a ceremony encompassing the wishes of the deceased and surviving loved ones. The gentle but structured approach taken by Kinship Ritual acknowledged painful realities, without resorting to clichés, to ultimately create a calm, meaningful and significant event marking the end of a life.
We wish that we’d had this help to mourn and honour our father. Annie held the space as a facilitator so that we could mourn for our mother in a way that was deep and appropriate.
Annie was highly sensitive to our family’s needs, and how we wanted to arrange the memorial for my father. She took the time to deeply understand what was important for us, rather than making assumptions. Annie gave us plenty of opportunity for input into designing the memorial, without burdening us at a difficult time. Her facilitation and presence at the memorial helped to make it a celebration of my father’s wonderful qualities, and of what he meant to us.