Traditional Services

As a Non-denominational Memorial Chaplain and Minister, I’m called upon by many families with differing beliefs to facilitate and officiate Memorials and Celebrations of Life with a sensitive and spiritual focus.

Celebration of Life starts with a simple premise: That every life is meaningful and deserves to be celebrated. From that basic idea, whether on a beautiful beach at sunset, quiet peaceful garden environment, church, chapel, or private residence, your location of choice; Rev Powers is committed to incorporate your personal touches, because giving honor, comfort, and closure during this time of remembrance for a loved one makes the entire experience more meaningful.

Families and friends are provided guidance to make the choices which allow them to create a memorable tribute, coming together to remember, reflect and celebrate the unique life of their loved one while providing a positive focus on your loved one’s life while everyone says their good-byes.

It’s a celebration of life instead of dwelling on the finality of death

Burial at Sea

“The winds of life continue to fill the sails, which today were reefed at a heavenly port, no longer in peril upon the deep, nor subject to impending storms.”
CR Harris

A Burial at Sea by way of the scattering of ashes ceremony has been a celebrated memorial service since our earliest human history. A scattering of ashes at sea ceremony coupled with a lying of a wreath or scattering of flowers and pedals is also in concert with the celebration of the circle of life; the ebb and flow of life as the seas.


Dear Reverend Powers,
On behalf of our family, I would like to express our thanks to you for your kind words at the memorial service of my mother, Susan Thomas, last Friday, January 6th. Even though you didn’t know her, you were able to capture her spirit, passions, and joie de vivre and share them with those who attended. And thank you for honoring her wishes and reading the poem that so perfectly expressed her thoughts on death and her wishes for those who are left behind.
We appreciate you honoring her memory so eloquently and helping us to remember and celebrate her life. I think she was listening in and smiling down upon us.
It was our distinct pleasure to meet you and have you be a part of our special goodbye to mom.

Kathy and George P

Hello Rev. Powers,
Thank you again for your wonderful words at Panfilo Enojas’ ceremony yesterday. My name is Kyle and I am 1 of his and Ney’s 13 grandchildren and the son of Cheryl, 1 of their 4 children. We received your message via telephone here and I just wanted to personally thank you once again. It was a pleasure to see and hear from you for my grandfather’s ceremony this time around. It meant a great deal to have you rejoin us after blessing us with your beautiful words last December for my grandmother Ney’s ceremony. Hope you have a happy and blessed holidays.

Kyle N

Rev Powers, Thank you for leading such a beautiful ceremony for my Mom on Sunday. Words cannot express how much your generosity and support meant to me. Your contribution helped to make the day more meaningful that I ever could have hoped for.

With my deepest gratitude.

Michael M

Rev. Powers:
I very much appreciated your positive presentations at the service for Richard. Your warm personality added to the event by making all feel comfortable, regardless of religious beliefs. Many people commented to me that you were a good selection to lead the service, and I will pass that information on to the event coordinators at the Museum.

I will always remember the service as touching, uplifting and a fitting tribute to my fabulous husband. Thank you again for including the items I sent to you and doing a masterful job of presentation.


Carol Strange

Dear Rev Powers, Thank you once again for answering our request to preside over our Dad’s interment service at such short notice. We thank the Lord for your compassion and willingness to do this for our Dad.
Your message was comforting and uplifting. On behalf of the Enojas family, again,Thank you and God Bless.


Cheryl E

Reverend Powers;
My family is ever grateful for your kind words and wonderful sermon. It was of the utmost importance that my Mother felt comfortable with the Minister we chose, and you passed that with flying colors. I hope that some time in the future we can meet again and renew wedding vows.

Thank you so much.

Chad E. T

Dear Rev Powers,
Thank you so much for a beautiful service for Jim. He was a wonderful man and I miss him a lot. The day was beautiful and very moving for me.

God Bless you.

Linda R

Dear Rev Powers,
Thank you for conducting Wayne’s service at Miramar. It was a wonderful tribute to Wayne’s life. He was happy to hear your words, the planes, and taps.
You have a kind and generous manner and I know everyone felt your sincere prayers. I appreciate your note of sympathy and your research on the Flag Ceremony verbiage. Your phone call showed your concern for all of us and we welcome your prayers.

Cecelia Newcomb - Miramar National Cemetary