Ceremonies can help us acknowledge the richness
of our lives and the complexity of our many relationships.
I would be delighted to work with you
to write and conduct a meaningful ceremony for any of the following
occasions or any other situation in which you feel that a ritual
would strengthen you or add to your comfort or joy.
Societies in every corner of the globe
have baby naming ceremonies to welcome a new child into their group. These
ceremonies usually involve the parents, grandparents, and
other adults as well who vow to act as protectors,
guides and guardians to help the child grow and develop. A
celebrant baby blessing is the perfect answer when the parents
are of separate faiths.
After the adoption of a child, whether
as an infant or an older child, an adoption ceremony helps to fold
the new child into the existing family. Pictures
of the adoption ceremony can be used to help explain how the child
came to be in the family. For the older child, adoption ceremonies
can be a powerful confirmation that they are now part of a new
family unit with all the joys and responsibilities that entails.
Adolescence is sometimes a period of psychological
turmoil and a Coming of Age ceremony can help the young person’s
emotional well-being by easing the passage to adulthood.
These ceremonies can be both joyous and profound as they welcome
young people into the world of grown-ups and allow the passing
on of knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. In
the Southwest, a Quinceanera Ceremony is frequently held for young
women at age 15.
It is not unusual to find ourselves experiencing
profound growth or psychological change when we are far beyond
adolescence – a
change so dramatic we feel almost like a new person. Whether that
happens at 30 or 70, a Coming of Age ceremony is appropriate to
mark this life passage. One example of this is the Croning Ceremony
for women of around age 50. A Croning Ceremony acknowledges a
age, wisdom, and power.
New house? Fill it full of good
vibrations and make it yours with a house blessing. Cleanse
it of any lurking old vibes and invite friends to help make it
truly your home. Something bad happen in the house? A
house cleansing ceremony with salt, water, citrus and fire (candles)
can make it fresh and new again.
Weddings are filled with months of planning
and ritual, but when the divorce comes, you usually walk out of
the courtroom alone with the finality of the ended marriage. Whether
you have desired the divorce or not, there is a sense of loss.
When it is time to say good-bye, a divorce ceremony can help you
end the relationship without bitterness, acknowledge whatever good
has come from your union, and move onto the next stage of your
life. For women, a divorce ceremony may involve a ritual of reclaiming
your birth name.