“Babies make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living”
Babies are a blessing, and they deserve a proper introduction
to the world!
A naming ceremony recognises your baby’s uniqueness, reinforces all that they are, and brings with it the declaration of commitment from everyone who is going to be part of your baby’s life, a life that is part of the fabric of your family and your entire world!
“To embark on the journey towards togetherness, requires a
Marriage doesn’t always fit with everyone’s ideologies, not everyone wants a wedding service, but that doesn’t mean to say that couples don’t want to formalise and recognise their relationship or commitment to each other...and a civil partnership enables you to do that and gain greater legal and financial security than that offered by living together....and just like any Celebrant-led ceremony, your ceremony or service can be whatever you want it to be!
"Of all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you"
Renewal of vows ceremonies, often mark an anniversary, but can also be in recognition of the enduring commitment that has carried you through the challenges that life might have thrown your way; such as illness or a break in your relationship which may have knocked you off course. Whatever the reason, renewal of vows leads on from where your wedding service started and symbolises your commitment to love and cherish your significant other…all over again!
“Blood doesn’t make family,
Family means you are a part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life, and when you blend two families together you bring with it the best of both.
Chosen (or blended) family ceremonies declare and recognise that your combined family, or the introduction of a new member to it, have made it whole.
Whatever the reason, it symbolises togetherness and commitment and it’s a beautiful acknowledgement of all that you are to each other.
"To celebrate a life well-loved and well-remembered is to place eternity in ones heart"
Celebrations of life allow us to recognise the achievements, importance, and poignancy of someone’s life in an altogether uplifting way…unlike a funeral, which is reverent by nature, a celebration of life is a joyful look back at the significant contribution a loved one has made to our lives by the virtue of the life they have shared with us.
There is undeniably so much to celebrate about a person’s life; celebrations of life and memorials can be wonderfully joyful occasions.
….and you don’t’ need to have already departed this world to celebrate your own life! Some people who are nearing their life's end want to connect with their loved ones in a celebratory way (this sometimes ties in with a ‘living wake’, before they start their next spiritual journey) and can be arranged as part of the ‘living wishes’ process if required.
“When you show up authentically, you create the space for others to do the same. Walk in your truth”
Life often takes us on a difficult journey; the significant events that change or shape who we are can be painful but transformational.
Acknowledging who we are now, having faced those challenging times; whether that is overcoming illness or addiction, leaving a painful relationship behind us, or going through a physical transformation, are important moments in our lives.
Saying goodbye to the old you and welcoming in the new authentic you, through a ceremony or with a blessing can be an inspiring and poignant moment that says, “I am me; I am not broken but strengthened by everything I have been though…I am authentic”. What can be more empowering than that?!
“To be relieved of the decision, was to be released from a terrible burden”
Arranging your own funeral is the one final loving act you can do for your loved ones, and can be a wonderfully empowering, liberating and cathartic process.
Living wishes alleviates the burden from your loved ones and affords you the choice to decide how you want to leave this world, and how you want to be remembered; whether that is weaving in stories, music, readings, even thinking about flowers you would like or the charity you may like donations made to.
As a Celebrant, I am able to support you in doing that and create a ceremony that includes everything that resonates with you.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s heart and soul remains forever lost”
The depth of love we feel for our pets, is fathomless, there is something so precious about the unconditional love animals give us, and when we welcome them into our lives or must let them go, the joy and the heartache we feel is in equal measure.
To share your life with a ‘fur baby’ is the epitome of having a constant companion. Pets are humanizing, reminding us we have an obligation and responsibility to nurture and care for all life; they leave an indelible imprint in our hearts
when they leave us.
Being able to recognise all your pet has meant to you through a blessing or a funeral service doesn’t fill the void left by them, but it does pave the way towards moving forward from grief and can be a poignant and heart-warming process; no less than your beloved pet deserves.
"Without sharing in the moments, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens - the sleeper
So many life events hold great significance for us and symbolically mark our ‘rites of passage’.
Whatever the event is that holds meaning for you, the way you remember that will impact you for the rest of your life; holding a ceremony, blessing or service, can be a wonderfully inclusive and empowering moment, that doesn’t have to be restricted to welcoming, joining and saying goodbye.
...So, whether it’s a sweet 16, leaving for University, graduation, embarking on a major career change, recognising an achievement, or commemorating something else entirely, an independent Celebrant-led ceremony is a lovely way to mark that occasion in a way that is as unique as you are, and whilst I am an east sussex wedding & funeral celebrant, I LOVE helping families mark ALL their most meaningful 'significant moments'!
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Emma sewell-Hunter is an eastbourne based independent civil celebrant, providing bespoke ceremonies of distinction, across sussex, the uk and overseas; (includng naming, wedding, funeral, memorial, celebration of life and other ceremonies and services) ....because every life holds meaning. Emma is a member of the Fellowship of independent celebrants.
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