Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a ceremony?

A ceremony is a structured series of rituals designed to assist us in navigating our way through life changes. A ceremony uses symbolism, poetry, music and the recitation of vows. It involves storytelling, as your story is told and heard by others. Ceremony creates a sacred container, which holds the many feelings and roles changes involved with a rite of passage.

2. What are rituals?

Rituals are a created series of symbolic enactments and vows designed to evoke the depth of our experience, particularly when we are crossing a threshold from one way of being, into another.

Ritual, at its finest, makes us more mindful of the fact that, although our experience is unique to us, it is also bound to a long history, which crosses cultures and time. Our acknowledgement of this can bring about a spiritual connection to the natural world, others and ourselves.

3. Aren’t ceremonies usually religious?

While this has been true in the past, many people are choosing non-denominational ceremonies. A ceremony provided by a life-cycle celebrant is specifically designed to meet the need for alternative perspectives to religious ceremonies.

4. Are your ceremonies religious?

I offer non-denominational ceremonies, as I am not affiliated with any religious institution or group. When my clients have a need for a religious component to their ceremony, they are welcome to include a religious affiliate. I am also comfortable with incorporating some elements of religious meaning into the ceremony.

5. Why is it important to have others present at ceremonies?

When we are gathered to enact and witness ceremonies, we acknowledge our emotions and connections. The power of gathering together and validating our experiences can deepen this experience, transforming all of our lives beyond the moment.

6. How do you create a ceremony for me?

Creating a ceremony is a collaborative process, which begins the first time we meet and continues until the actual ceremony. My process is to get to know you and others involved and I do this through face-to-face meeting, a questionnaire and ongoing consultation. You have the final word on the actual content of the ceremony. I use my skills and knowledge to create a beautiful and ‘artful’ ceremony for you and your loved one(s).

7. What is a certified life-cycle celebrant?

A certified life-cycle celebrant has graduated from a rigorous one-year training program at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute.  The course of study includes, cross-cultural ritual, theory, history and practice of creating ceremonies. Excellence in ceremony creation is expected of each student, through written and oral presentations.