Name Giving

The Naming Ceremony is often a ceremony where a new birth is celebrated and the child is welcomed into the family and community. It is an occasion where parents, grandparents/mentors offer support and recognize responsibilities towards the child. But a Naming Ceremony is not limited to babies. You may wish to wait until your child is older and can participate in the ceremony; or you may want to welcome a step-child or an adopted child.

The structure and content of your ceremony is entirely up to you. It could be simple and brief; it could include readings; it could be spiritual or cultural; it could include family members. The more original material you add, the more personalized a ceremony becomes.

Most ceremonies take place in or around the home; the place where the child feels most nurtured and loved. They are often informal and frequently held on a weekend late morning followed by refreshments or lunch.

As your Celebrant, I will help you to create a ceremony, using the information you share with me, which reflects your beliefs, your ideas and your hopes for your child and provides a memorable welcome into your extended family and support network.

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