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DSCN8423Adoption Ceremonies
Rituals are an important part of any life cycle event. They validate our feelings and allow the rite of passage into a new part of our lives. Some of the occasions in which we have rituals are at birthdays, funerals, weddings, births, and for religious celebrations. Having an adoption ceremony is no different than having a ritual for any other occasion. The ceremony helps to validate our feelings and provide a sense of connectedness.

An adoption ceremony is a simple ceremony to bring together the parents and child to symbolize the joining of the new family. It is essentially a covenant and all parties stand in front of their witnesses and acknowledge the new bond between parent and child and the lifelong commitment the parents are making. Each parent takes vows to the child and the child accepts their commitments.

Baby Naming
A Baby Naming Ceremony welcomes the child into the family and community at large. For families who are not churchgoers and do not want a baptism or christening, but do want to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, a Baby Naming Ceremony is a possible alternative. The Ceremony offers a sense of tradition, of ritual, commitment and of offering vows and assurance towards the care for baby.

Commitment Ceremonies
Commitment ceremonies mean many different things to different people. A commitment ceremony can look just like a wedding, complete with church, wedding gown, and hundreds of guests — but no marriage license. Or, it can be the most alternative event imaginable: a ritual to bless your relationship, or just a big party to celebrate your love. A huge bash with all your friends and relatives in attendance, an intimate exchange between you and your partner(s), or a family rite of passage to strengthen the bonds between parents and children in a new unmarried stepfamily – call it a commitment ceremony, a wedding, a ceremony of union, or anything else you like!

Rituals and ceremonies are important events in the lives of individuals, partners and families. A multiple-partner family can have one; so can a group of friends or a single person! A commitment ceremony, we mean an event that does not involve laws or government agencies in any way; there’s no license or certificate, and the participants’ legal status does not change.

House Blessings
Few things bring deeper satisfaction that knowing we are at home! “Home” need not be a traditional house. It can be an apartment or condo, any place that is created to feel like one’s own safe place. The Home Blessing is an “exorcism” of sorts. While that word has all sorts of scary connotations, the purpose of a Home Blessing is to cleanse the space of any negative energy and invite love, kindness and compassion into each room.

Memorial Services
A memorial service is a ceremony held in honor of the dead. The term refers to a funeral service when the body is not present, a religious service held in memory of the dead at specific intervals after the funeral, or it may refer to a public ceremony memorializing a public figure or an event in which more than one person died.

Pet Memorial Services
For centuries we have held funeral rituals and memorial services for loved ones who have passed away. These ceremonies allow us to grieve the passing of our loved ones while also celebrating the life they lived. They provide us with the opportunity to cope with loss and find the closure we need.

So why shouldn’t we do the same for our beloved pets? Our pets have given us years of joy and are regarded as members of the family. When their time is up we grieve in the same way as we do when a person close to us has died. Therefore, it only makes sense to honor them in a way that shows them the proper respect they deserve. A pet memorial service can benefit both adults and especially children as they offer family members the opportunity to pay tribute to a cherished family member.

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