Julie (she/her) is your ritual specialist and home funeral guide. She has lived in Alaska for over 20 years. Julie is a certified Funeral Celebrant, Death Midwife, End-of-Life Doula, and is NEDA proficient. She has studied with Sacred Crossings, Final Passages, and the University of Vermont End-of-Life Doula program. Julie is an ordained Reverend (non-denominational) and has graduate degrees in anthropology (MA, PhD) and northern studies (MA).
The Ritual Bough is based in Girdwood, Alaska. We are proud to serve clients around the state, and outside Alaska. In-person services are generally, though not exclusively, limited to south-central Alaska (within reasonable driving-distance of Girdwood). We also provide remote, virtual services (via the phone, Zoom or other platforms). Please contact us for an appointment so we can determine if in-person or virtual services will work best.
The Ritual Bough offers free, 20-minute phone or online consultations to explore your needs and help assess how we can work together.
Our work with you - be it composing and conducting a ritual or ceremony for your life event, assisting with end-of-life planning, or designing a home funeral - is all catered to your individual needs and desires. Our fees are dependent on the level of services you request. Please reach out to The Ritual Bough to schedule an in-depth consultation appointment and we can provide you an estimate for services.
The Ritual Bough is based out of Girdwood, AK and is located within the traditional and contemporary lands of the upper inlet Dena’ina people, on the shores of tutl’uh (Turnagain Arm) and tikahtnu (Cook Inlet). We gratefully acknowledge the generations of care and stewardship that Dena’ina people have given to these lands and waters and, as a guest on these lands, The Ritual Bough is committed to contributing to that care-taking. We acknowledge that these lands, and the lands of other Indigenous peoples where we work, are the locus of millenia of ritual and ceremony, are the resting place of ancestors, and are a source of well-being for Alaska's first peoples. The Ritual Bough is committed to providing accessible services in a respectful and inclusive environment.
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