My career began in the early 90’s as a new graduate of the social service worker diploma program offered at Fleming College (Peterborough). With a strong desire to work with people as they moved through life and its various challenges, I have worn many hats. A doula since 1998, beginning with labour, birth and postpartum support, my well-established skills, experience and continuing education have naturally transferred to the end of life.
In 2012, I was granted the opportunity to officiate civil marriages which led to my career as a a Life-Cycle Celebrant. I create and lead ceremonies throughout the life span specializing in loss, dying, death and grief. I balance this work with ceremonies that welcome new babies and new beginnings including marriages and vow renewals.
My personal adventure in mothering a child with medical fragility led me to discover my inner writer. I published my book, What I Would Tell You, in 2015 and released a revised and expanded edition in 2018.
After years of supporting individuals, families and communities through life’s endings and beginnings, I came full circle and registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 25 years after graduating. This designation (RSSW) authorizes me to offer counselling with a specific focus on grief and loss (including non-death loss) and issues related to witnessing the death of a loved one.
I share my full and rich life with my husband, Tim, and our daughter, Meredith.
Julie Keon, RSSW
Ready Or Not
Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do and one of the most invaluable gifts you leave your family.
Custom created ceremonies and rituals to assist in navigating the intense emotions and complexities of dying, death and grief.
A FREE community gathering for the purpose of talking about death over food and drink (usually tea and cake) in a relaxed environment.
When terrible, inexplicable things occur they can affect the entire community as a whole. Creating a space for people to gather together to share in their shock and grief can prevent isolation and foster a sense of connection.