In episode 3 of Deathwalker's Guide to Life Season 3, I speak with celebrant and deathwalker, Sacha Horton-Hoogerwerf.
Hailing from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Sacha has called Aotearoa her 'turangawaewae' for more than 20 years now.
For most of her professional life, Sacha has worked as an event and promotions coordinator. In 2019, she participated in the Natural Death Care Centre's Deathwalker Training Program, which Zenith Virago led in-person in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland.
Around the same time, Sacha undertook celebrancy training and since then has focused on supporting people as they journey through major rites of passage. Her business name, Get Real Connection, says it all.
An accomplished vocalist, Sacha also sings and performs waiata, when requested by whānau.
'My work as an independent wedding and funeral celebrant, EOL doula and facilitator of life celebrations is a purposeful service that I feel honoured to offer to people,' she says. 'I move with kindness, presence, openness and gratitude. Everyone is unique and deserves their own choices when it comes to how they want to live, celebrate life changes and exit life in a conscious way. I am passionate about meaningful rituals, nature and the power of art, music and movement.'
Sacha nominated 'Satellite of Love' by Lou Reed as a song she would like played at her funeral or wake. Listen to the song in our 'Farewell songs' playlist