Heidi Ruth Riggenbach Dittrich began work in the area of
death, dying and bereavement in 2001, when the loss of her mother
coincided with her retirement as tenured professor at the University
of Washington, Seattle. Her years living and teaching in diverse
regions, including China, Malaysia, and Zimbabwe, had piqued her
interest in the wildly different approaches to death, and beliefs
about the afterlife.
2003, Heidi has tended to the dying as hospice volunteer, 'gatekeeper'
/ death midwife, and home funeral facilitator. She is an educator
and guide into the grieving process, offering workshops, support
groups and one-on-one sessions. Suicide and the resulting family
fallout is one of her areas of expertise.
ordained interfaith minister (One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, New
York), Heidi works with a variety of populations, performing weddings,
conducting funerals, and everything in between. She leads laughter
yoga sessions along with her husband Dan Dittrich, both certified
laughter yoga leaders. She often incorporates ritual into her work,
drawing from her study with Malidoma Somé, professor, shaman
and author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa. Her more recent
training is in ars moriendi, the sacred art of dying, as
presented by The Sacred Art of Living Center's education program
(Bend, Oregon) and their extraordinary Anamcara apprenticeship.
enters the '3rd movement of the symphony' of her own life, her interest
has gravitated to our aging population. Her passion for the transformation
of consciousness – the fruit of our spiritual eldering –
is the next right thing.