History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Karin  Schuett

    Karin Schuett President / Licensed Funeral Director Class 1

    Karin attended Humber College Funeral Services Program and graduated with Honours in 2006. Karin has worked as a Licensed Funeral Director Class 1 for the past 15 years after homemaking and raising a family of two – a son and a daughter. A graduate of Humber College in 2006, Karin entered the profession to express her caring, compassion and creativity. She has worked in several locations throughout the GTA in a wide variety of roles serving bereaved families. The many families she has served have experienced her warmth, sensitivity and practicality, as well as her concern for providing satisfying, efficient and appropriate care. This is reiterated with the fact that Circle of Life caters to one family at a time, offering privacy and exclusive care. Now, as Owner / Manager of her own funeral services establishment, Karin offers families the benefits of her experience to provide them with a respectful, dignified and cost-effective service in the changing landscape of funeral services today.
    Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc. is a member of The Better Business Bureau (BBB). Karin currently serves as President of The Dundas Rotary Club. She serves on the committee for the Rotary Lobster and Rib Fest, and Canada Day Pancake Breakfast. Karin is a frequent speaker at various community events, sharing her knowledge about the death care industry.

  • Miss Emma

    Miss Emma Comfort Dog/Office Assistant

    Emma is our much loved, 7 year old Miniature Schnauzer. She has been with us from the first day we opened our doors, and she is most happy to greet our families and provide comfort and stress relief. Emma loves her work!

  • Frank  Schmidt

    Frank Schmidt Business Owner / Office Administrator

    Frank is a retiree from the Ontario Public Service, having worked for over 20 years with several Ministries, including the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Health and Long-Term Care, and Attorney General. Prior to that, Frank worked for more than 20 years with the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. As a public servant, Frank worked on many initiatives that modernized and responded to emerging trends in services for people, from employment for special needs persons, to disability support programs, tele-medicine, end-of-life care and pandemic preparedness planning. As co-owner of Circle of Life, Frank brings this diversified administrative background in community service, and a commitment to helping people transition during difficult life circumstances to his role.

  • Isolde “Issi” Schuett

    Isolde “Issi” Schuett Designer

    Issi has retired from Canada Post after 34 years of loyal service. She joins Circle of Life full time as of January 18, 2021. She is Karin's right hand woman and Funeral Director Assistant. As an artist, Issi has explored many different media, recently adding stained glass to her repertoire. Her themes include nature and the spirit, and her one-of-a-kind creations come from the heart, every piece imbued with her kind and caring essence. Circle of Life is proud to feature Issi’s work as part of our Artists’ Circle.

  • Dave Pothier

    Dave Pothier Woodworker

    Dave has been a life long woodworker and has built various projects over the years, from remodeling the kitchen and building all of the cabinetry, building a cedar strip kayak, many furniture items, to making full size, double size, and very small keepsake boxes and urns. Inlays have become his specialty at the present time.
    He retired after having been employed by the Hamilton Fire Department for 31 years. He and his wife Lynn have been married for 41 years. They have two adult children, Melissa and Chris, and 11 year old Brady. Other interests include playing snooker, ballroom dancing, gardening, beer making and travel.
    Circle of Life is very proud to offer Dave’s on-of-a-kind, handcrafted urns.
    Dave can offer custom engraving and etching on all of his creations.

  • Christina Walton

    Christina Walton Registered Marriage and Family Therapist/Grief Counsellor

    Christina Walton, Mts, RMFT, FD.

    Christina Walton is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and is a registered practitioner with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Christina specializes in bereavement and loss, for children and adults. She holds a B.A. from McMaster University, and a Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Christina has been a licensed Funeral Director for 33 years and has as a private counselling practice. She is the President of the newly founded “Children’s Grief Foundation of Canada”.

  • Sue Phillips

    Sue Phillips End of Life Doula Support Services/Celebrant

    Sue Phillips, End of Life Doula Support Services

    What is an end of life doula? - An end of life doula is here to educate, empower and advocate for people during illness or end of life transitions. We are here to guide you and your family on what you can expect each step of the way, and to create a safe, judgement free space where you can voice your thoughts, concerns, and questions. We are non-medical supports.

    In 2019, Sue was guided to embark on the path of end of life support. Her training includes the Douglas College End of Life Doula Course, as well as Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice visiting volunteer training.

    Sue has now been providing direct end of life service and support to clients, in the Hamilton-Wentworth and surroundings areas, since December 2020. She has a strong focus on enhancing public awareness on the work of end of life doulas and providing free Community Information Sessions, including death and grief cafes and storytelling events allowing discussions without fear around death and dying and grief & bereavement.

    Sue’s ongoing education currently includes Thanatology Studies at Centennial College.

    Primary supports:

    • Individual client support and advocacy for those dealing with life-limiting illness and/or approaching death

    • Funeral Celebrant - I work closely with individuals and families to ensure the chosen ceremony truly reflects the wishes and values of the person being honoured.

    Sue Phillips, she/her/hers
    End of Life Doula Support Services
    [email protected]

    "Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of life."
    —Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood"

  • Lori Goldblatt

    Lori Goldblatt Thana Doula/Life Celebrant

    Lori Goldblatt is a trained Life-Cycle Celebrant (officiant) dedicated to the creation and facilitation of personalized funeral and celebration-of-life ceremonies that uniquely reflect the character and relationships of the person who has passed.
    As a Thana (End of Life Care) Doula, Lori supports people along with their families, friends and caregivers as they move through a variety of life’s challenges, such as illness, job loss, and other times of transitions.
    Lori is also a Reiki teacher, and a facilitator of modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique, Transformative Mindfulness Methods and Nonviolent Communication.
    Lori has offered workshops and one-to-one Supportive Listening sessions integrating these various modalities for children, youth, and adults for more than 25 years. She values the empowerment found in these self-sustaining tools that can be practised in order to create a more meaningful life.
    For more information, please visit meaningfulpassages.com.

    Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When we help, we see life as weak, when we fix, we see life as broken, when we serve, we see life as whole... we see the unborn wholeness in others; we collaborate with it and strengthen it. Others may then be able to see their wholeness for themselves for the first time.
    -Rachel Naomi Remen