Spirit Altars

A Spirit Altar is a physical honoring of a lost beloved. It is a creation of love that seeks to capture the fullness of a complex spirit, offering you an opportunity to connect to your lost one during the process of creating the altar. And when it has taken form the altar can serve an interface for communing.

Often, the loss of a loved one happens suddenly, removing the opportunity to mend complex relationships. The process of creating your Spirit Altar can offer calm to your spirit as you engage the places of difficulty and conflict that can make traditional memorials feel incomplete.

A Spirit Altar can be engaged by all who feel connected to the lost loved one, both in its creation and once complete in the telling of the stories attached to the items it contains. And the altar is never complete- it can continue to grow and change to reflect your processes of healing and the evolution of the relationship.

Grief is an emotion that is generally shunned in our western society. We have few outlets to express the depths and complexities of our emotions. Without this release, the grief can persist within us, impacting us in ways that can be harmful to our body or psyche. The process of creating your Spirit Altar is a way of walking directly into the pain in order to connect to the still living presence of your beloved in your life. Your loved one may no longer be with you in this material existence, but their impact on your life is real and persistent. Celebrate and honor their spirit and yours with a Spirit Altar.

The Program

The Spirit Altars program is a multi-session experience that consists of a prompt followed by time for introspection and then the collecting of items that symbolize your responses to the prompt. It is meant to be easeful, integrating into your life in such a way that your subconscious and intuition can be part of the process. Interspersed throughout the program are activities and special actions meant to enable new ways of perceiving and acting. At the start of the program is a phone call to understand your circumstances so that content and timing can be adjusted to meet your unique needs. During our meetings, whether in private or within a group, we unpack what has emerged since our last meeting. During your time with me I am there as a friend alongside you, offering solace, support, encouragement, and insight.

Testimonials

"The altar project with Andres' guidance helped me be present to my grief--to honor real, tangible space for interacting with something that can feel wordless. Through prompts, I was able to sit with poignant emotions and find ways to express them art-and-soul-fully."


"Andres' gentle and wise question-asking and companionship on this journey gave me peace to feel the depths of sorrow and the depths of joy. During the program, I felt health, comfort, and the power of something ephemeral and enduring."

"I'm forever grateful for the time spent honoring and, in a way, communing with my beloved stepdaughter (and my own soul). It gave me safe space for contemplation, helped me kept my heart open, and strengthened my spirit for future days. I believe this program salved and saved something in me."