Why Use a Celebrant

sparkler old handsCeremonies in this country have been evolving for some time.  While most of us see the importance of marking life’s transitions, many find that the ‘traditional’ model simply doesn’t suit their needs. Perhaps it isn’t flexible or personal enough to fit the occasion.  Or, the situation is unique and calls for a completely new ceremony. Creating a meaningful ceremony requires someone with experience, writing ability, and an understanding of the elements of ritual.
 

Whatever ceremony you’re planning, a celebrant can help. Celebrants are also referred to as “civil celebrants” or “officiants”. In the United States, we most commonly associate celebrants with weddings, rather than funerals. However, in some countries (including Great Britain and Australia), the majority of funerals and many weddings are overseen by celebrants. The demand for U.S. celebrants is rapidly increasing. One contributing factor is the rise in cremation, which allows for greater ceremonial flexibility. Whether you’re planning a memorial, a baby-naming, or a wedding, working with a celebrant expands your options.

 

WHO USES CELEBRANT SERVICES?

woman with balloonsCelebrant services apply to countless situations because they are creative and adaptable. Families that hire celebrants may be:
• Seeking a unique service that reflects the personality of the participants
• Unaffiliated with a church
• Blending religious and non-religious elements, or accommodating multiple religions
• Identifying themselves as non-religious or ‘spiritual but not religious’
• Not comfortable with public speaking or event planning
• Marking a life transition with a non-denominational ceremony, such as a baby-naming or coming of age ceremony
• Honoring moments that have no traditional services, such as burying/scattering ashes, grave marker placement, anniversary of the death, or end-of-life ceremonies
 

MY ROLE

I’m here to express your wishes and values; therefore, my role changes with each family.
As a celebrant, I have a broad knowledge of traditions as well as experience in ceremonial composition and design. As a chaplain, I provide guidance to families during significant (and often difficult) times in their lives. As a professional communicator, I function as a creative writer, facilitator, and ceremonial leader.

I will:

• Create a unique service that reflects the participants’ personality and values
• Identify your objectives and tone for the service
• Hold meeting(s) with participants to plan service and share the story
• Encourage your active participation in the ceremony
• Provide access to resource library for readings, music, and other personalized ways to honor the occasion
• Work hand-in-hand with auxiliary professionals, including clergy, wedding planners, and funeral directors