"I have always believed that each person is a unique treasure waiting to be discovered - that we are all connected on life's journey, and our lives are richer when we share the journey with those we meet along the way. As a Funeral Celebrant & Life Tribute Professional, I am privileged to join with families at their time of loss to create a meaningful and unique tribute to honor their loved one and to celebrate a treasured life."

Located in Franklin, TN, Paula approaches this work with a wealth of experience in diverse areas including life-skills training, pastoral counseling, business management, music performance, arts/theatre administration, writing, and composition. Her book "Gifts from Strangers," in pre-publication, provides a collection of life lessons and experiences gathered from obituaries of unknown people. Her second book, dealing with loss and grief during holiday seasons, is planned for publication with a date to be determined. Paula is also available as a speaker on topics including, but not limited to, dealing with loss and grief, designing a funeral celebration, creating your legacy, and how to talk to families when a death has occurred (focused for clergy).

Paula's educational background includes a M.A. Degree from Mansfield University, as well as Post Graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University, and state Ombudsman training. She has been trained and certified by the In-Sight Institute, the leading resource for Funeral Celebrant training. Paula is co-owner of a software/database management company that has served higher education employee associations throughout the United States, for over 20 years. She has worked in pastoral ministry and with women who needed life-skills training to achieve their full potential and independence.