Felicia Barlow Clar is the On Purpose Woman Global Community Member in the Spotlight this week. Read all about Felicia and show her some love.
Epilogue Tributes. I assist the bereaved with planning a personalized Celebration of Life, and consulting on the growing alternatives modernizing the funeral industry. I’ve been in this business for 2 years. But it is a division of my main company, Barclar Entertainment, which I began in 2006 - originally called Crabtown Concierge. It’s been a true entrepreneurial journey of growth, digging deep into my path and niche, and pivots.
I live in Annapolis, MD. Currently, for a personalized memorial service, I serve the general DMV area. For my end-of-life workbooks and consulting, I offer services virtually, so I am not restricted by location.
Ideal client: The bereaved and those facing loss. In an ideal world where we humans finally discuss our mortality without fear, it is every adult. All of us need to think about what happens to our loved ones left behind when we leave our bodies, as well as the legacy we wish to imprint.
Why I started this business: When my stepfather passed in 2017, and then my sister shortly after in early 2019, I realized there is a tremendous need for event professionals in the funeral industry. The cremation rate has risen drastically the past few years, and they’re still using methods created for the Civil War. We were handed templates and checklists that simply did not express anything personal about my loved ones. Because of my 25 years of event and video production experience, I knew the questions to ask and how I could personalize details. I had guests up and dancing at the end of my sister’s service — that’s who she was. I implemented smaller details into my stepfather’s service, but I’m not done with legacy projects around his life. I’ve been slowly researching for a book and producing a documentary about him. Every single person has a story, purpose, and impact.
What I most love about what I do: Being of service and offering a mind shift around the conversation of death, from grief to gratitude.
A piece of professional advice that has worked for me: “Be careful who you’re stepping on on the way up, because you might be rolling over them on the way back down.” My stepfather was a master connector and power player in the DC hospitality world. He worked around many high-powered politicians and VIPs, including presidents and royalty. He saw what happened behind closed doors. He shared this when I was in high school and I can honestly say I’ve never stepped on anybody to get anywhere. I’ve done some pretty exciting things in my life, and I’ve given more than I’ve gotten. I feel like I can call on most people I’ve met, when/if needed…and I also sleep well.
A piece of personal advice that has worked for me: There are 2 states of being. You can either live in a powerful/beautiful state or a primal/struggling state. Look at the world as if everything is working in your favor. This is how I shifted my attitude towards loss.
Website Link: https://celebratingthedash.com/
Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/epiloguetributes
I’ve just completed 2 end-of-life planning workbooks that will be for sale on Amazon in the next few weeks. They are completely new concepts from what is out there already. One details many of the modern alternatives now available beyond funeral homes. The other is planning your memorial service from an event professional’s perspective.
I am really honored to be this week’s Member in the Spotlight. I’ve been involved in some way with this community since 2006. I adore Ginny and the community support is heartwarming.