More years ago than I care to remember, a friend’s daughter asked me to become a Marriage Celebrant so that I could marry her and her then fiance. Little did I know where the decision would lead me nor how much I would enjoy meeting people and helping them to find just the right expression of their intentions and felt commitment to share with family and friends.
Weddings led to Naming Ceremonies and inevitably to funerals and each ceremony an opportunity to serve a couple or a family in a unique way that I have come to love.
Unfortunately, I have decided to relinquish my license to celebrate weddings due to changes in my life that made working at weekends difficult.
Whether we’re crafting a naming ceremony or a funeral, I like to get to know family and friends concerned and to understand what they are wanting to convey so that I can provide a warm, sensitive and memorable ceremony.
Funerals require special attention to ensure that families can derive comfort from knowing that they have said goodbye in a way that respects themselves and their loved one and expresses that love appropriately whilst sharing with other mourners their family stories.
Naming ceremonies are joyful occasions usually and can involve siblings who need to feel included in the family’s joy. The process of planning and carrying out namings is often fun.