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One of the greatest joys of any ceremony is the joining together of family and friends in celebration of a particular event. Be it a wedding, the welcoming of a new child, the opening of a home/work space or a memorial to honor a loved one’s passing, the support and good wishes of one’s valued community are a treasured blessing.

All of these events mark a significant new beginning. The poet, John O’Donohue tells us, “when the heart is ready for a fresh beginning, unforeseen things can emerge….a beginning invites new gifts and arrivals in one’s life, new horizons that want to be seen.” I am honored to help you find the most appropriate approach to honor this beginning with a memorable service.

I have many years experience relating with opposite sex and same sex couples. As an officiant of a wedding, I work with you to create the words that express your deepest sentiments. By listening to what is important to you, I make suggestions to build a ceremony that is truly meaningful. I honor your union by incorporating loving details into an introduction, adding poetry, prose, scriptural readings or symbolic rituals to extend the meaning of your commitment. Guests and family members have an occasion to participate with you.

Baby Blessings have existed for centuries and have most often been known as Christenings. In times past, new babies were welcomed into their community by elders and religious figures. Parents introduced newborns to family traditions and religious practices.

Memorials or Life Celebration ceremonies are newer terms used to describe an alternative to the traditional funeral service. They are held in a reasonable time frame after the death to meet the needs of the family. A body is not present. Attendees have an opportunity to honor the memory of the deceased, express love and affection and most of all, celebrate the life of the individual.

A House Blessing or Office Blessing marks a transition and again honors a new beginning in a new location.

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