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Being in Hospital

Being in Hospital

When it comes to being an in-patient, as well as being there for a physical reason, there are often other factors going on for people.  Being a regular recurring hospital ‘inmate’ for all of my life, here are a few points to remember when someone is staying in...

Pride on TV

June is Pride Month, so I thought I’d take a look at some ground-breaking moments on television.  In October 1991 we saw the first gay commitment ceremony on a show called Roc, starring Charles S. Dutton.  Roc’s uncle Russell, played by Richard Roundtree (the famous...

The Funeral of Prince Philip

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral ceremony was on Saturday 17th April 2021 at 3pm, and took place in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.   The Prince himself had carefully planned his own funeral.  This included readings, hymns and...

Harry & Meghan’s Private Wedding?

Harry & Meghan’s Private Wedding?

I wanted to talk about the exciting Meghan and Harry interview by Oprah that happened this year.  As a Celebrant, one of the things that really got my attention with that interview was when Meghan said that they were actually married three days before their big...

Grief at Christmas-time

Grief at Christmas-time

Christmas is often a wonderful time, anticipated with excitement and hope.  However, for the grieving, it can be incredibly difficult and isolating.  I view Christmas as a giant magnifying glass; if you’re happy with family, friends and loved-ones, these blessings are...

Ceremony for Grieving Children

Ceremony for Grieving Children

The recent loss of actor Chadwick Boseman has sent a wave of collective grief around the world.  Arguably most famous for his role as Black Panther (T’Challa) in the Marvel film franchise, Chadwick played the first black superhero; an important role-model for so...

Ceremonies During Lockdown

Ceremonies During Lockdown

If your wedding celebration date has had to be postponed, due to the lockdown and social distancing, you may still wish to mark the original date in some way.  This can be with an online event with family and friends.  Or you can keep it small and intimate, with just...

Ceremonies During Isolation.

Ceremonies During Isolation.

How I can work with you during this time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused difficulties to many, and is likely to continue to affect plans and events for the coming weeks. Here's how we can work around this. I am currently still offering home (face-to-face)...

Grief at Christmas-time

Grief at Christmas-time

Christmas is often a wonderful time, anticipated with excitement and hope.  However, for the bereaved, it can be incredibly difficult and isolating.  I view Christmas as a giant magnifying glass; if you’re happy, with family, friends and loved-ones, these blessings...

Wedding Tips & Ideas

Wedding Tips & Ideas

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  So, you found your dream venue.  You then decided if you were having a Registrar and a Celebrant working together, or whether you are doing the formalities beforehand and then having a Celebrant-led wedding celebration, after....

Popular Music Choices for Funerals

Popular Music Choices for Funerals

Anything that is meaningful to you is appropriate.  Music is hugely emotional and evocative.  It can hold and help recall so many memories.  Choosing the music for a Ceremony is a way of making it personal.  It can capture the essence of the individual, what they...

How to Prepare Your Child for the New Arrival

How to Prepare Your Child for the New Arrival

“There’s a baby in Mummy’s tummy!”  While explaining to your child that there will be a baby is adorable and sometimes hilarious, you still need to prepare your little one for the new arrival.  Here are some suggestions on how to make this adjustment as...

Helpful Tips When Arranging a Funeral

Helpful Tips When Arranging a Funeral

Making funeral arrangements can seem overwhelming, and is stressful enough.  On top of this, you may well be struggling under the weight of your grief.  Here are some suggestions and guidelines to help make things easier, let you know your options, and break things...

Why do you need a celebrant?

Why do you need a celebrant?

Blessingway, Naming Day, Renewal of Vows, Funeral, Memorial Service, Rite of Passage… Planning a special event, celebration or occasion? Want to have it in the venue of your choice, at a time convenient to you? But why use a Celebrant? You’re thinking; I’m sure I...

Naming days

Naming days

A Naming Day is a celebration to officially welcome a new child into the world, and into the family.  It can include religious or spiritual aspects, or not, depending on the family’s wishes. There may be more than one background to be acknowledged, and we can ensure...

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