Profile: Char Barrett
With a passion to companion families at the time of death, Char Barrett has merged her twenty-five years of corporate and non-profit (Make-A-Wish Foundation) background in project and event management, public speaking, training and technology skills with her certifications as a trained Celebrant, a licensed Funeral Director and Home Funeral Guide (also known as a Death Mid-wife), to create A Sacred Moment.
As a hospice volunteer since the early nineties, Char completed hundreds of hours of grief and bereavement training. In addition, she received training as a Certified Celebrant by Doug Manning through In-sight Institute. There she learned to create memorial and funeral services that honor the significance of a families loved one, while celebrating their lives.
To add to her knowledge and understanding of the funeral profession, Char returned to school full time to earn her degree in Mortuary Science and became a Licensed Funeral Director. During this time Char was introduced to the concept of funerals as an alternative approach to conventional funerals, which transitioned naturally from the home hospice model of care.
Becoming a trained as a Home Funeral Guide Char received her training from Final Passages, founded by Jerrigrace Lyons, one of the pioneers in the modern home funeral movement. Through her study with Jerrigrace she saw the beauty of providing a more natural transition for families after the death and prior to burial or cremation.
Char blended the concepts of hospice, home funeral vigils, green burials and life celebrations to help companion families at the time of death. In this way A Sacred Moment – Home Funerals, Green Burials & Life Celebrations was born.
Char has guided dozens of families through home funeral vigils in the Seattle area and beyond the Pacific Northwest via phone consultations. She also provides workshops, hospice in-service and public presentations, and has lectured to local, national and international audiences. Char has been featured in WSJ - The Wall Street Journal Magazine, MSCNBC.com, NPR-KUOW Radio, KING 5 News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Real Change News and FuneralWire.com. A hospice volunteer since 1993; Char is also a Steering Committee member of the Washington End of Life Consensus Coalition; affiliate organization to the Washington State Medical Association.
Living in Redmond, Washington with her loving husband George, Char is grateful to be able to pursue her life’s passion, expressed through the work of A Sacred Moment.