Welcome to One Woman’s Words!

I live a very full life that includes special needs mothering, holding space in the form of custom written and professionally led ceremony, speaking engagements, educating my community about the importance of death preparation, promoting my book “What I Would Tell You~ One Mother’s Adventure with Medical Fragility” and working on my second book.

I have been writing and sharing about my personal experience as a mother and my professional experience as a licensed marriage officiant and Life-Cycle Celebrant for the last few years. I needed another space, though, that could share the stories/ reflections that do not fit with my other blogs. One Woman’s Words was created to provide a space not only for myself but for any woman who wishes to share a story and need a place to leave it.

So, welcome…..thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again.


Photo by Kristin Ireland (www.mondayswithmacphotography.com)

One Woman’s Words  was the name of a weekly column I wrote for a local newspaper from 2011 to 2013. It was a popular column and I loved the challenge of writing something meaningful and interesting each week for my readers. Sadly the newspaper ran into financial hardship after a successful 100+ years in business. My column consequently dissolved. I have missed writing about general topics unrelated to my experience of mothering a child with medical fragility and my professional work as a Life-Cycle Celebrant.

This one woman is a lot of things:

  • A mother to one daughter who is medically fragile (life-limiting cerebral palsy)
  • A wife to one man who is exceptional (I wouldn’t be married otherwise)
  • A professional Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in one-of-a-kind, meaningful ceremony for the entire life cycle (hatching,  matching, dispatching and everything in between)
  • The author of, “What I Would Tell You~ One Mother’s Adventure with Medical Fragility” which was re-released in a revised and expanded edition in December 2017
  • A former birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, breastfeeding counsellor and belly caster who has migrated to the other end of the life span as a funeral celebrant, death educator and community deathcare advocate.

I express myself best through writing and I often have lots to say. This blog gives me the opportunity to share my ponderings to prevent congestion in my head and heart. I also offer this space to any woman who wishes to share a story that they are tired of carrying around. It can be posted anonymously if this feels safest. Send me an email if you want to share something here.


Why I Did Not Attend my High School Reunion PART 2

On October 1st, I finally shared something I have been carrying around with me for decades. The moment THIS POST went live on this blog, I was immediately hit with waves of anxiety. Coincidentally, I was also very sick that day with a cold and spent three days in bed, in the confines of my …


Choosing to express one’s self through the written word can be very isolating. Receiving feedback from readers about something they found touching, triggering, frustrating or moving, lets me know my writing is reaching the masses. Or if YOU have something you have written and need an online space to share, I welcome you to use this blog for posting. Send your feedback/ ideas  to julie (at) juliekeon (dot) com