We tend to think of a Celebrant® as someone who marries people or performs wedding ceremonies. In truth, Celebrants are much more. Many of us are also ordained clergy so we have the credentials to minister. And ministering (attending to the needs of someone) is an important part of being a Celebrant.
The word Celebrant itself implies celebration and there are all manner of lifetime milestones to mark and celebrate. And so often we, in Western culture, don’t really celebrate or acknowledge many of these milestones or life passages. My goal is to change that! A Celebrant can help create meaningful ceremonies and celebrations.
Words are Powerful
Each and every ceremony I create is carefully crafted especially for the people and situation. I listen to your story and make suggestions so that the words and the elements of the ceremony are meaningful to the participants.
Becoming a certified wedding planner led me to my path of becoming a Celebrant.
I am also an ordained metaphysical/interfaith minister.
So yes! Every family needs a Celebrant! Someone that gets to know you and your family.
What might I assist you in celebrating?
What a joyful time of life when two people decide to commit to one another! I love doing traditional and non-traditional weddings.
I also create ceremonies for couples who want to commit to one another but are not interested in the contract of marriage. This is a lovely opportunity for a Commitment or Life Partner Dedication ceremony.
One of the most special ceremonies I create is that of Vow Renewal or Recommitment. There’s something so wonderful about couples who have spent years together to recommit to one another.
I absolutely recommend this for couples who have come through an especially hard time in their relationship.
Moving to a new home is an exciting undertaking whether it’s your first or tenth! Acknowledging this new space that will house you and the family and become home is important. It can offer the family a chance to dedicate not only the home but to one another to create a sacred space.
I offer smudging and spiritual cleansing as well.
Welcoming a child into the family is an incredibly special occasion. It gives the family and friends an opportunity to voice their support for the family and child. Often godparents are recognized at these events.
The family grows!
Second only to welcoming a child to the family is welcoming a new pet. As with Child Welcoming ceremonies, the Pet Welcome is a time to dedicate your commitment to the new life joining the family.
Come of Age ceremonies exist in many cultures. If there’s not one for yours, please consider creating one and starting a new tradition for your family. When does a person make the passage from childhood to adulthood? What traditions can be created to mark that passage?
Sadly not all marriages or relationships work out. The Release ceremony can mark the passage for one leaving couplehood and embarking on a solo life. Couples have actually done this ceremony together bidding each other goodbye and wishing each other well on their new journey. In any case, the release ceremony symbolically releases one as they start a new life journey.
Retirement can be a time of release and yet frightening at the same time. It could be leaving employment for a new venture or leaving paid work for volunteering or travel. Whatever is the case, it is a transition to a new phase of life and well worth celebrating!
To declare oneself a Crone is not driven by age, but by the desire to recognize that you are an elder and embarking on that phase of your life. Although many women do this as a solitary activity, why not gather a few of your closest friends and celebrate embarking on this wonderful new journey?
Life Celebrations are ever-growing in popularity as an alternative to a funeral. There are certainly sad moments and tears at these events but they are meant as a celebration and commemoration of a life lived and the lives that have been touched by the one being celebrated.
(I will be offering a workshop to help people craft their own obituaries and identify elements that they would like to share with others during their own Life Celebrations.)
Pet Life Celebrations are an excellent ceremony to create closure for the life of a cherished pet. A family member has departed and it is an important time to recognize how they touched the family. Some celebrations include scattering the ashes of the pet.