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J. Douglas Prendergast
Professional Traveling Celebrant

Authorized Officiant       Licensed & Certified

  Chaplain J. Douglas Prendergast

The journey of life is filled with many disappointments. This is one of them.

    The page you were trying to reach:

  • Does not exist
  • Is a myth
  • Transcends all human understanding
  • Exists, but in a different form
  • Has evolved to a higher plane of existence

At times like this I suggest just going:  HOME


Typical Office Hours & Other
Contact Information

Typical weekday office hours are as follows:

  • Monday 9 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday 9 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Thursday 9 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
  • Friday 9 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
  • Holidays may affect these hours.

I am usually out of the office on weekends as this is when most couples get married.

You can always send a text message anytime you want. I will respond as soon as I can.

You may call or text me at: 509.255.3858

Email address: doug@jdprendergast.vet

Mailing address: PO Box 9519 · Spokane, WA 99209

Life's events are not difficult to plan when you can find the information you seek. Please contact me for information, guidance, and assistance. If you don't find what you are seeking on this site please do not hesitate to ask me.  


The Tree of Life

  • I’ve always appreciated the symbolism of this tree because of my Irish-Celtic ancestry. The Tree of Life is also found in Jewish tradition and in the mythology of many different cultures as a symbol of the connection between mystical teachings and the natural world.
  • The Tree of Life metaphor is completely pervasive – we talk about family trees and people with deep roots. It's not difficult to understand how this tree became a metaphor for the nature of life itself.
  • The Gaelic, or Irish, name for the Tree of Life is Crann Bethadh.
    Pronounced as Chron Ba-hod (rhymes with “prawn Baja”).
  • Crann Bethadh represents sustenance and just about everything known to the Celts – the passage of time, growth, shelter, food, lumber, fuel, warmth, – the basics of life!
  • To the ancient Celts the variety of different lifeforms being sustained by the trees and even the shape of the tree itself seemed to model their universe.
  • The Hebrew name for the Tree of Life is Eitz cHaim.
    Pronounced like Ette’s Hime (rhymes with “it’s time”).
  • Eitz cHaim represents sustenance for life, too. But even more it represents the natural world – it can transform the earth from a barren and lifeless mass into an environment capable of supporting other forms of life.
  • It also is interesting to note that in Jewish liturgy only the tree is distinguished with its own special blessing. There is no comparable blessing uniquely singled out for one of the natural wonders of creation that provide benefit to humankind.

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