About Anne Murphy

Anne is a trained home funeral guide who came to this work through her background in alternative healing modalities and a career as a wilderness guide.  She serves on the National Home Funeral Alliance Board, Minnesota Threshold Network Leadership Committee and is a hospice volunteer .  She helped to create and serves as the Pastoral care liaison at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church and is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who can perform personalized ceremonies for individuals and families.  She also holds a BA from Northern Arizona University in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure.

In Anne’s words…

“As far back as I can remember, my favorite times have involved nature, storytelling and shared experiences with other people whether that was through travel, sports, ritual or ceremony. 

My favorite way to travel is by foot or water.  I spent many summers leading wilderness-based canoeing and backpacking trips in the northwoods of Minnesota and Canada.  Supporting people as they form a personal relationship with nature, themselves and each other is an honor and joy.  I see my current work as no different from this.  

Stories are a gift bestowed on both the listening and the teller.  I believe it is an essential human need to be heard and recognized.  Telling our story gives voice to our condition, expresses our needs and can remind us that we are not alone and connected to something much bigger.   Your story and end of life wishes are the foundation to my work.

Ceremony and ritual are a way to connect to the sacredness of all life.   Several years ago, I rediscovered ceremony and ritual in my own life.  This has given me the space  to connect with my body, mind and spirit.   I have been the participant, an assistant and the facilitator and enjoy all aspects.  

I’m a hands-on, face-to -face and would choose a hug over a handshake any day.   As Ram Dass once said, “We are all just walking each other home.” is central to my life and work.     I hope to meet you on the trail someday.