Ceremonies

Whether you are looking for a celebrant for a wedding, funeral or baby naming, or someone to help you through a transition in your life, I am an experienced and sensitive guide.  I can create and hold a unique ceremony for you, or I can support you to create your own.  I also teach workshops on creating ceremony.

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“Making ritual is like forging a cup.  The cup may be ornate or plain, polished or rough, but if we take our cup to the fountain, the spirit will still fill it.”  from Birthrites

 

I work with people to express their values and beliefs.  I start by asking questions and build up each ceremony from a blank sheet.  I am not a Humanist, so I often cater for people who are not religious, but are open to some sense of the ‘more than human’ world.  Many of the ceremonies I have led take place in the great outdoors, where earth, trees, sky and the birds become part of the event.

During the last ten years I have created, amongst others:

Mother Blessings – preparing a mother-to-be for birth

Baby Namings – welcoming a child and supporting the parents

Weddings – traditional and same sex

Funerals – a real opportunity to celebrate a life and support the bereaved

A woodland scattering of ashes – I was asked to devise something child-friendly for a young boy whose father had died.

A ‘Croning’ –  for a friend turning 60 and embracing becoming an elder

Coming of Age – a rite celebrating girls reaching puberty

A Divorce Ritual – carefully undoing the ties (Read about this in my blog.)

NB: I also offer private one-to-one sessions within which issues such as healing after a miscarriage or pregnancy termination can be addressed.

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