I shall pass through this world but once. Any good
therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can
show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me
not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this
Etienne de Grellet du Mabillier
I’ve had a Humanist approach to life for decades. On joining the BHA a few years ago I became an active member of my local Humanist group; I also attend many of the BHA’s national events.
I belong to my local group of BHA Celebrants, and we meet regularly to give each other advice and maintain the quality of what we do. Once a year, I attend the Association’s Celebrant Conference, a source of ongoing training and mutual support.
As I feel very strongly that the ideas and opinions of my clients should shape the ceremony I always meet with them beforehand to discuss in detail how to achieve the desired tone so that together we can then tailor the words, the music and the course of the proceedings to suit their wishes.
I welcome feedback after every ceremony as this always helps me when working with future clients.
In preparing funerals, I find it very satisfying to create a unique ceremony for each family which, by reflecting the personality of the departed person and the overall mood, I hope contributes to sustaining family and friends and brings meaning to the event.
In preparing Namings or other ceremonies, once again, it’s the unique personalities and wishes of the people concerned which will shape how the final ceremony is carried out, based on meticulous and supportive planning.