Other Ceremonies

Ceremony and rit­ual have been a part of the human expe­ri­ence for all of exis­tence. In times of tran­si­tion, and change, we gather with loved ones to engage in a cer­e­mony that sup­ports and adds mean­ing to life. We mark rites of pas­sage from birth, through life’s peak moments, to end of life with a com­mu­nity cer­e­mony.

The “Family Officiant”

For many cou­ples, their rela­tion­ship with me begins with their wed­ding and then extends to other life cel­e­bra­tions. I become the “fam­ily offi­ciant” for all of their life’s spe­cial moments. I offer baby bless­ings and funer­als or memo­ri­als only to cou­ples and fam­i­lies that I have worked with before.

  • Baby blessing.
    A baby bless­ing.

    Baby Naming and Blessing Ceremonies — When a baby comes into your life, it is an event to be cel­e­brated. A Baby Blessing Ceremony serves sev­eral pur­poses. It wel­comes the child and con­sciously sanc­ti­fies this new soul’s entrance into the world. It is a time to give thanks for the mir­a­cle of this new life. A Blessings Ceremony acknowl­edges the par­ents as well, com­mem­o­rat­ing the new role that par­ents are tak­ing on as stew­ards of their child’s life. Close friends and fam­ily mem­bers are usu­ally present as we acknowl­edge the sacred role of oth­ers in the child’s life — grand­par­ents, god­par­ents, com­mu­nity — guardians offer­ing uncon­di­tional love, accep­tance and wis­dom to a new gen­er­a­tion. Finally, we can acknowl­edge and honor the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of this child and this fam­ily with the whole of cre­ation.

  • Vow Renewals – Celebrate a spe­cial anniver­sary or sim­ply ful­fill your desire to recom­mit to your spouse with a Vow Renewal Ceremony. Rekindle your love using ele­ments from your wed­ding while acknowl­edg­ing the new ways your lives have blended and evolved together. Involve loved ones. Have your chil­dren wit­ness your vows. Add new mean­ing to your mar­riage as you once again choose your part­ner, and speak of your love.
  • Second marriage
    Second wed­dings.

    Second Marriages – The heart con­tin­ues to seek love even when the first try did not quite work out as you planned. When you find love again, allow­ing your­self to love and be loved, it is time to cel­e­brate. For sec­ond wed­dings (and beyond) a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony can be hand­crafted for you.

  • Funerals, Memorials, End of Life Celebrations – End of life rit­u­als are so impor­tant for the fam­ily, friends and the loved one who has passed. I am deeply hon­ored to offi­ci­ate funer­als and memo­ri­als. Very per­sonal and mean­ing­ful, I offer this ser­vice only to cou­ples and fam­i­lies that I have worked with before. Together we cre­ate an authen­tic and per­sonal funeral or memo­r­ial ser­vice that hon­ors and hon­estly rep­re­sents you and your desires. I am in ser­vice to you, not any insti­tu­tion. I pro­vide end-of-life rit­u­als that incor­po­rate ele­ments from all reli­gious, cul­tural tra­di­tions, and spir­i­tual paths. I also cre­ate cer­e­monies that focus on the love and life of your loved one with no ref­er­ences to reli­gion what­so­ever. The choice is yours. I will act as your guide through this process and sup­port you all the way to the altar.