Anne-Marie’s is the founder of Village Deathcare 501c3 whose inspiration and purpose is incorporating deathcare into community. Of Irish Celtic and Finnish Sámi (indigenous Finno-Ugric) roots, she draws from her work as a death doula, a nurse assistant, life-long meditator, Reiki Master Teacher and mother of three. She is a certified Feeding Your Demons facilitator, Life Cycle Celebrant (certificate in funerals) and trained Home Funeral Guide. She lives in the Northeast Kindgom of Vermont where she practices magic, community deathcare, trains her Siberian Husky and delights in her family’s love.

Image of Anne-Marie. Long blond hair, blue eyes, light skin.

After two decades of professional event coordination for weddings, fashion shows, concerts, festivals and conferences, Anne-Marie halted everything to work with the elderly. Propelled by her work with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and her love of an elderly homeless man, she became a Hospice volunteer in 2013. She continued her path of care as a licensed nurse assistant from 2013-2016 and worked with the elderly in residential care and as a private duty nurse. She was the only full time over-night “nurse” and cared for a home of 12 elderly residents. During this time she was also the director of Meals on Wheels in the capitol of Vermont and studied community herbalism.

Anne-Marie is a published author,  Reiki Master Teacher, meditation and basic goodness instructor and has 12 years training in Shambhala Buddhist teachings. For more than a decade she has worked with children and teens (ages 3-18) as a teacher at Karmê Chöling Meditation Center and co-led week long over night teen retreats. She has completed Dying With Confidence training in Phowa with Anyen Rinpoche, “This Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Fearlessly” with Pema Chodron, is a Chöd practioner, and is certified through Lama Tsultrim Allione as a facilitator in the Buddhist track of Feeding Your Demons, where her focus is on opening conversations with death. Anne-Marie has passed the National Home Funeral Alliance Proficiency test, is a Life-Cycle Funeral Celebrant and is currently in school for Funeral Director Certificate in the state of Vermont. 

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Enticingly spiritual in nature, and grounded by practical prompts for recording the details and story of your life, Growth Rings will open you to a world not commonly explored. Through contemplations involving trees, and encouragement to learn about your mind while wandering through forests, Growth Rings reminds us that we are only on this planet for a short time, and we should prepare for our own future deaths while truly living in the preciousness of our daily activities. Delve into ancestral studies and record your ancestral tree, explore the forest of your mind, journal about the times Before You, Of You, and After You, and consider the form of disposition that suits you best at the end of your well-lived life.