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Sweetgrass Ceremonies Celebrate Your Life Milestones with Kristine Bentz, Life-Cycle Celebrant® and Home Funeral Guide. I deliver wholehearted ceremonies based upon YOUR stories, beliefs and values.

My services include honoring your life milestones from 'womb to tomb' with custom ceremonies: mother blessings, weddings (same s*x & straight), memorials and home funerals.

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Hello friends - in this season of Thanksgiving, I am giving tremendous thanks for all of the wedding joy I've been a par...
11/10/2017

Hello friends - in this season of Thanksgiving, I am giving tremendous thanks for all of the wedding joy I've been a part of the past nearly ten years. So many couples have let me into their lives and their celebrations with huge open hearts. So many vendors with whom I've worked have amazed me with their talents and gracious referrals. I am choosing to close this part of my work with a grateful heart and will discontinue booking future weddings for 2018. The photo I've included gives an idea of where I'll focus my energies instead: co-creating end of life celebrations and establishing a natural burial ground where people may return to the earth and bring life anew. With LOVE ~ Kristine

"Sometimes it takes all that we have to breathe, to row, to stay afloat." Feel like that lately? Find a friend who is "i...
09/29/2017
The Blessing of Friends Who Weather the Storm With Us

"Sometimes it takes all that we have to breathe, to row, to stay afloat." Feel like that lately? Find a friend who is "in your boat" like this piece illuminates. And take a long exhale. I'm reflecting on what a ceremony would look like to honor the friends who've helped me row more than once. . .

When it feels like life has been turned upside-down, the greatest comfort isn't advice or a solution but having someone to simply endure alongside us.

What a lush Sonoran Desert setting for a wedding! Congratulations, Ashley and David, along with your sons Grayson and Co...
04/01/2017

What a lush Sonoran Desert setting for a wedding! Congratulations, Ashley and David, along with your sons Grayson and Cole. I give you all a huge A+ for teamwork on the ring exchange! (Thanks for the photo, Rackel.)

Looking for a quiet out of the way scenic place to hold your ceremony with big old trees, dappled shade, and stunning vi...
03/18/2017
Destination Weddings at Rincon Creek Ranch

Looking for a quiet out of the way scenic place to hold your ceremony with big old trees, dappled shade, and stunning views? You must take a look at Rincon Creek Ranch:

This. Because I do support folks at end of life with spiritual care and ceremony. And because I believe in our capacity ...
03/10/2017
What is a living wake?

This. Because I do support folks at end of life with spiritual care and ceremony. And because I believe in our capacity for courage:

Or even a “pre-wake wake” as I’ve heard such a celebration called lately. This recent front page article in the Arizona Daily Star defines a living wake simply as: “A party.…

"Love is connection." YES. And work. And divine. This piece is so worth the read or the listen:
03/09/2017
Alain de Botton on the True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

"Love is connection." YES. And work. And divine. This piece is so worth the read or the listen:

Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton talks to Krista Tippett about how our relationships might be different and better if we reexamined our view of love.

Cheers to love and health! And cheers to tending to our beginnings and endings (and everything in between) with care. If...
01/05/2017

Cheers to love and health! And cheers to tending to our beginnings and endings (and everything in between) with care. If you have an important milestone to celebrate in the year ahead, I'd love to hear about it and help you honor it in a meaningful way. I'm already hearing from many engaged couples, congratulations if your wedding is on the horizon! Amor para todos ~ Love for All

John and Simon's wedding was JOYOUS and brimming over with love - as you can clearly tell by Kelly's completely rad phot...
09/16/2016
JOHN AND SIMON: TWO DUDES AT A DUDE RANCH

John and Simon's wedding was JOYOUS and brimming over with love - as you can clearly tell by Kelly's completely rad photos. I felt so dang lucky to be a part of it:

Is it actually September TOMORROW? How did this happen y'all? I guess the earth has turned a lot faster than I'm able to...
08/31/2016

Is it actually September TOMORROW? How did this happen y'all? I guess the earth has turned a lot faster than I'm able to keep up. But anyway, I believe.

In this tumultuous time, where my heart is breaking everyday, yesterday I found myself needing some kind of balm, some k...
07/16/2016
Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma

In this tumultuous time, where my heart is breaking everyday, yesterday I found myself needing some kind of balm, some kind of anchor. So I took time last night to listen to this interview. Is it challenging, this idea of "Being peace in a world of trauma"? Oh, hell yes. Might it be more productive than being afraid and contracting amidst the vitriol? Double the YES. I believe being peace is presently our most central work. Your heart will appreciate a listen:

We visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

June means I finally sit down and do things like write a blog post. Imagine that!!
06/28/2016
Tips for Writing Your Own Vows

June means I finally sit down and do things like write a blog post. Imagine that!!

So this whole vow writing thing . . . easy-peasy, right? Well, maybe for some folks. But almost always, when couples I work with set out to write their own vows, it seems easier for them at the out…

06/21/2016

Aye de mi! I'm never on here anymore! Wishing you a very outdoors summer solstice if you can muster it. Rained at mi casa tonight, which is an enormous blessing, the desert smells incredible. Summer is HERE! What's your favorite scent of summer?

Excited to lead a wedding at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum this evening, where I hear lottsa these beauties showing ...
04/16/2016

Excited to lead a wedding at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum this evening, where I hear lottsa these beauties showing off:

I don't know about you, but I think belly laughs and soggy hankies are good things in ceremonies . . . check this out:
04/01/2016
6 tricks for personalizing your vows for maximum belly laughs and soggy hankies

I don't know about you, but I think belly laughs and soggy hankies are good things in ceremonies . . . check this out:

We already know lots of ways to write your wedding vows and to get over your vow writer’s block, so we’re going to focus on where to find inspiration to personalize your vows and make t…

03/18/2016

Headed north to Scottsdale today, to lead a wedding for a young couple who truly inspires me. And then have the honor of leading a 50th Anniversary Vow Renewal on Sunday. Feels like early sweet blossoms on the branches love and mature peaches on the tree kinda love, all in one weekend!

03/11/2016

I love backyard brunch weddings! Am preparing for one tomorrow and thinking: why don't these lovely kind of relaxed and mimosa-filled gatherings of happy people happen more often? Have you been to a brunch wedding and enjoyed it?

Here's something I am super grateful to be a part of bringing into reality over the past few months: a collaborative pro...
03/03/2016
A Natural Journey: Living & Dying in the Old Pueblo - Tucson Botanical Garden

Here's something I am super grateful to be a part of bringing into reality over the past few months: a collaborative program by the Tucson Botanical Gardens and Casa de la Luz Hospice (where I serve part time as a Chaplain). It begins later this month and runs until May. I'll be leading session five and co-leading session six. Join us for one, a few or all pieces!

Casa de la Luz Hospice and the Tucson Botanical Gardens present: A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo A series of FREE experiential workshops helping the living to engage with end-of-life. Starting March 29, weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., through May 3 Living and Dying…

02/19/2016

Do you agree?
“A person without
a sense of humor
is like a wagon
without springs.
It’s jolted by every
pebble on the road.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

02/16/2016

"Hello, fear. Thank you for being here. You're my indication that I'm doing what I need to do." ~ Cheryl Strayed

Happy Valentine's Day to all the couples I've married, to the couples for whom I've helped renew vows, for the families ...
02/14/2016

Happy Valentine's Day to all the couples I've married, to the couples for whom I've helped renew vows, for the families with whom I've helped bless a new life and the families for whom I've helped honor a departed - this day is about LOVE of all kinds - so I send big love to you ALL!

Being seen. It's a topic that comes up a lot for me while working with humans who seek meaning. And so I love this phras...
02/04/2016
New Friendship Is the Last Great Romance

Being seen. It's a topic that comes up a lot for me while working with humans who seek meaning. And so I love this phrase from this post: "But new friendship, often totally left out of the public conversation, is a way to feel continually alive, nervous, when seen again for the first time." Especially if you cherish your friendships, do take a moment to read this!

The most romantic relationships just may be our platonic friendships. But, as we age, it gets more difficult to establish new friendships with those of the same sex. Our columnist celebrates the inimitable joy of platonic courtship and female attachment.

Well I'm an infrequent visitor here these days . . . although am sending everyone new year love and wishes for enjoying ...
01/26/2016

Well I'm an infrequent visitor here these days . . . although am sending everyone new year love and wishes for enjoying each moment as it unfolds. Here's some love to share through beautiful images by Snap Lovely Photography in PHX, of a wedding in Florence back in October. The couple and the light, so beautiful! ooooh and aaaahhh:

Happy Holidays to all! I don't have presents to send everybody but I do have questions. They're kinda like presents aren...
12/26/2015
When Words Become Flesh: Risking Vulnerability in a Violent World

Happy Holidays to all! I don't have presents to send everybody but I do have questions. They're kinda like presents aren't they? And I do enjoy Parker Palmer with his open ended questions . . . he posits a couple hearty ones to carry during this season in this post:

Remembering a passage from the Christmas services of his childhood, Parker Palmer finds counsel for living an honest and genuine life. We must, he says, allow the good words we speak to become incarnate in our actions.

11/08/2015

What a weekend!!

11/02/2015

A 'groom' last night during a private vow renewal at sunset in Sabino Canyon told me I totally "kicked butt" on the ceremony and bouquet I made for his 'bride'. That was nice of him, but in looking around at the golden evening light on the mountains, reflections on the flowing creek and rustling crisp yellow leaves, it was something bigger than us all combined that made the moment incredible.

As I'm writing two celebrations of life  ceremonies this week, I'm also preparing for a wedding and vow renewal this wee...
10/29/2015
The Windmill Winery | The Lake House

As I'm writing two celebrations of life ceremonies this week, I'm also preparing for a wedding and vow renewal this weekend. A joyful mix! Have you heard of this lovely place before? It's where Im headed for a very special couple's wedding tomorrow:

Today, another wedding for a couple whose family I first met through co-creating a celebration of life for and with them...
10/14/2015

Today, another wedding for a couple whose family I first met through co-creating a celebration of life for and with them. This is when I reallllllly love this work the most! Being with amazing people in heartbreak and in joy. The full spectrum reality of living with fearless receptivity.

This video might be "old news" and maybe you've seen it a hundred times already? But I gotta say, it sure is lifting me ...
09/16/2015
Maroon 5 - Sugar

This video might be "old news" and maybe you've seen it a hundred times already? But I gotta say, it sure is lifting me into a great space for writing some weddings this week!

Buy Sugar on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/M5V Catch Maroon 5 on tour all year long at www.maroon5.com Music video by Maroon 5 performing Sugar. (C) 2015 Inters...

This photo, of a Groom reading through his vows minutes before a ceremony, well it melts my heart for all sorts of reaso...
09/01/2015

This photo, of a Groom reading through his vows minutes before a ceremony, well it melts my heart for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes I feel SO DANG LUCKY to do what I do, work with the special people with whom I work and come to know.

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