Ruthann is a founding Board Member of BW NICE and feels blessed to be a part of a wonderful army of women networking entrepreneurs, who selflessly give of their time to support victims of domestic violence. She, herself, is a survivor.
As a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for over 40 years, she has had a vantage point to see where the grieving family needed more. First, she used her portrait art skills toward excellence in the appearance of their loved one; then designed and built ‘at home’ comfort in her funeral home.
Next, she took on the funeral service, itself, and became a Life Celebrant, to make the service uniquely personal, with her company, Celebration of a Lifetime. This biographical ceremony style has also been used for weddings, retirements, birthdays and bar mitzvahs. There seems no end to when the story of the gathering can take center stage.
Now Ruthann has added another personal touch to funeral gatherings with the creation of Oaktags LLC. Family members are identified by an oak leaf lapel pin, which remembers the one who fell from the family tree. This is helpful to funeral home staff, to know who they are serving, as well as to the visitors, to know to whom they should offer condolence. Afterward, it is a treasured keepsake to wear when they want to feel close to that special someone, when they wish they could be present: for family gatherings, graduations, weddings, etc.
It is her strong desire to have this simple pin become as well known as other emblems, like the pink ribbon. When you see someone in the grocery store, you can say, ‘I like your pin. Who is it?’ This gives them the opportunity to say that person’s name and possibly share a few words about them. This simple act is a grieving tool and brings healing to a broken heart.
If you know a Funeral Home that would benefit by this, please share Ruthann’s contact information
Ruthann lives in White Township, Warren County, with her husband Tom and enjoys the serenity of nature, the joy of friends and the extravagant grace of God.