Sunday, 23 August 2015

Blessingways and Ceremonies - the stuff of Meaningful Memories | Family Celebrant Norfolk

Naming ribbon from today's ceremony
Two months … two whole months … or, to be more precise, there has been a “blog gap” of nine weeks and a day.

Yes, I am pretty ashamed of my lack of posts and can only comment that it is pretty alarming how - once the original hiatus has happened, the massive chasm of silence somehow creeps up. It is surprising how two weeks somehow morphs, virtually unnoticed, into two months.

By way of explanation, I should point out that, in the interim, I have not been lying around and doing nothing. In fact the following has happened since my last post:

  • I have moved house … and country
  • the move included not only building work - the knocking down of the odd wall is never straight forward - but also much wanted and long planned family visits and house guests
  • and, on the downside, relocating featured a frustrating and ongoing struggle with BT which left me without Internet for longer than I care to remember (but that is another story).

Celebrating a wedding at The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich
As a celebrant it has also been a busy summer. I have met and acted for many delightful people and I feel honoured to have helped them all celebrate their life changing events. 

There have been many memorable moments - such as the groom who wrote and performed a song to his bride on their wedding day; through to today when a beautiful baby girl smiled and grabbed firmly hold of my finger at her naming ceremony; and her charming sisters who explained to me the number of kisses they shower daily on the new addition to the family.

Returning home after the naming ceremony, I read in today’s Sunday Times that “baby naming ceremonies (in particular) are becoming more and more popular”.

At baby Kiera Rose's naming ceremony
Under the headline “You are invited to a Blessingway” and with the strap line: “cancel the gift list and scrap the bunting - the new way to celebrate babies, moving house and even your divorce is with a spiritual ceremony”, the Sunday Times article speaks of the increasing popularity of “post-materialist” ceremonies. 

We celebrants have known for a long time that the events themselves - rather than the presents and gifts - are the meaningful stuff of memories; and now people the length and breadth of the UK are discovering new and innovative ways of marking life transitions.


The Sunday Times article ends with the sentence: “don’t forget to book the celebrant”… you can find one near you via the UK Society of Celebrants website - uksoc.com .

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