New Baby, New Child Ceremonies
A ceremony to welcome a new baby or mark the inclusion of an adopted child or stepchild provides a formal introduction of the child into the family and community.
Baby naming celebrations have been part of many cultures through the centuries. They serve to remind us all of the great responsibility we have to support both the child and the child’s family through the years to come. If the new baby has been born to a couple with different cultural and religious traditions, you may choose to acknowledge those traditions in the ceremony. Likewise, if an adopted child is from a different culture or tradition from the adopting family, you may wish to both acknowledge and pledge to honour and sustain the child’s connection to his or her birthright.
These celebrations may include poems, songs, readings, and rituals that involve your family and your guests. They bring family and friends together to celebrate the new child and family and to promise their lifelong support for the child.
Other Life-Cycle Ceremonies
Other moments enriched by ceremony include leaving a home, new home blessings, new mother ceremonies, renewal of marriage vows, retirement, divorce, and other life milestones. In every case, I will spend time with you to hear your stories and your hopes for the ceremony. I will prepare a ceremony plan based on our conversations, and we will work together until you are pleased with the ceremony.
If you want to discuss any of the above-mentioned ceremonies, please contact me.