The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful event and many hours are spent deciding on a suitable name. You want to mark the occasion in a unique, personalised way that will be meaningful and memorable. A Baby Naming Ceremony is now a popular alternative to a christening.
You can have a naming ceremony
* shortly after your child is born
* a few months later when you have adapted to your new family life
* on your baby’s first birthday
* when your child is a little older so that s/he can join in the ceremony
You can involve grandparents and other important family members and friends in the naming ceremony and have mentors/guide parents/supportive adults instead of godparents.
The ceremony can include readings, poems, music, spiritual content, planting a tree or rose bush, the baby’s story so far, vows and promises, the meaning of the baby’s name and why it was chosen. Other children can be involved, perhaps by blowing a wish into a bubble. The ceremony can take place in any venue of your choice – indoors, outdoors or even in your back garden.
It is your ceremony – the way you want it.
Together we will create your vision of a ceremony which welcomes the newest addition into your family circle. When you are happy with the final draft, I will create your keepsake copy.
I will lead the ceremony on the day so that you can relax and enjoy it.
Contact me for a free, no obligation consultation.
When a couple adopt a child, they make a legal commitment to raise the child as their own. An Adoption Ceremony welcomes the new baby/child and celebrates his/her official status as a member of the family. It is also an opportunity for the family to come together to celebrate the parents’ long-awaited, new role and for everyone to rejoice in their love for the child.
I will work with you to create the heartfelt ceremony that you want. Guidance and suggestions may be offered but all the choices and decisions are yours. Mini ceremonies can be included if you want. I will revise the script until you are happy with it and then I will create your keepsake copy.
I will lead the ceremony so that you can relax and focus on your child and yourselves.
Contact me to arrange a no fee, no obligation, initial consultation.
Adults today no longer have to stay in an unhappy marriage “for the sake of the children”. New family units are created when a step-parent joins an existing single-parent family or when both members of a new couple have children from a previous relationship. A Family Unity Ceremony celebrates this joining together. It can also help to ease the transition into a new way of life.
We will work together to create the ceremony which reflects your family situation. Each member of the new family will be welcomed into his/her place in the unit. The content of the ceremony will be entirely your choice but could include commitment promises by each member of the new family unit and perhaps even by members of the wider family circle – Grandparents, for example. You could also have readings, music, spiritual content and symbolic mini- ceremonies – whatever you wish.
When you are happy with the script, I will prepare your keepsake copy and officiate on the day at the venue of your choice.
Contact me to arrange your no obligation, free initial consultation.
A wedding marks the start of a marriage. It is attended by friends, families, colleagues and neighbours and is known about by an even wider circle of people. The end of a marriage tends not to be publicly known beyond the immediate circle of the couple. This can lead to embarrassing conversations or the necessity to explain the situation long after the event.
There are many reasons for marking the end of a marriage with a ceremony:
* Affirming to the children that they are still loved by both parents.
* Acknowledging the end of a marriage which has run its course.
* Celebrating the release from a toxic marriage.
* Coming to terms with the fact that your partner now loves someone else.
* The need to move on.
Whatever your reason for wanting to mark your divorce more publicly, we can create a dignified ceremony which you will find meaningful and supportive.
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A girl’s first period signals the start of the transition from maidenhood to womanhood. The girl has arrived at the threshold. She has to let go of her childhood and start a journey into unknown territory which will take several years. No wonder that this rite of passage can seem daunting or even frightening.
A Menarche ceremony acknowledges that the girl has begun this transformation to maturity and provides the opportunity for female relatives, peers and other women in the girl’s life to let her know that they support her and celebrate her place amongst them. They can share their wisdom about menstruation and about being women in their culture.
I will write and lead a unique ceremony in accordance with the wishes and needs of the girl and her family. Together we will create a meaningful, sensitive and joyful ceremony which will honour and celebrate this life transition.
The girl will feel special as she is welcomed by her female relatives and friends into the circle of womanhood.
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The Maiden, Mother and Crone are symbolised by the waxing, full and waning moons. The onset of your first menstruation and the arrival of your first baby are definite events that happen on a date which can be circled on a calendar and celebrated. The menopause, however, creeps stealthily upon you by degrees, without any fanfare to alert you to the fact that this is going to be your last period – ever. Indeed, it is only retrospectively that you realise it was the last one. This can leave many women feeling at least wistful, if not even regretful as menstruation has been a constant companion for the majority of their lives. The last menstruation also betokens farewell to the Motherhood stage of life. It is the doorway through which you must step into the new phase of your life – your Crone era.
Whether you embraced the Crone stage from the moment you had your first hot flush (aka hot flash or power surge) or whether you reluctantly dragged your feet into Cronedom, there is often a feeling of regret that there was never any definite moment when you could mark the occasion. Many women feel that they have somehow been cheated out of the acknowledgement that they have moved forward and now have new status. In the past – and indeed in some cultures still today – the onset of menstruation is recognised by a special ceremony for the young girl during which she is admitted to the circle of women. At the other end of the spectrum, it was believed that when a woman stopped menstruating, she kept her wise blood inside her and increased her wisdom. Elderwomen were, therefore, revered and honoured.
The Croning Ceremony will provide a ritualised acknowledgement and celebration of your move forward into your Cronehood and wisdom. It doesn’t matter whether you have only just started the menopause or whether it happened several years ago: what matters is that you want to mark this rite of passage. I will work with you to create and write a ceremony that empowers you. I will lead the ceremony so that you can focus on yourself.
Many women prefer to have the ceremony with their close friends in their own home where they can feel comfortable. However, other venues or locations can be considered, bearing in mind common sense and safety precautions for all concerned. At the end of the ceremony, you will receive a keepsake copy.
Please contact me for a free, no obligation, initial consultation.