About Helen Jefferies

Helen Jefferies headshotHello! I’m Helen, a Humanist namings celebrant based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

I love nothing more than working with families to create a warm and truly welcoming ceremony for their new (or not-so-new!) arrival. And even if you’re still not sure whether a Humanist ceremony is right for you, please get in touch to find out more.

What I do

In short: my job is to tell your story.

Once I’ve got to know your family, and what’s most important to you, I’ll work with you to create and lead a unique ceremony.

Nothing that feels unnatural, cringy, or forced. Nothing that “has to be” included. Just personal, meaningful words and actions to mark the ways that all your lives have changed.

There’s no such thing as a “standard” naming – every part should be meaningful and specific to the person being named, whether they’re a newborn or a teenager.

What’s the point of a naming ceremony?

More and more people are choosing a naming ceremony to mark the birth of a new baby, the joining of two families, or an adoption. Whatever the occasion, it’s only natural to gather your nearest and dearest together to make a public commitment to each other, to declare the kind of parent you want to be and, of course, to have a bit of a party.

A Humanist ceremony is the chance to design the perfect ceremony for you, with the right balance of solemnity and silliness, humour and heart. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact me for a chat. I look forward to working with your family, and sharing your story.

What do people say?

“We’ve had a lot of feedback from people on how beautiful the ceremony was. It was exactly what we had hoped for.”

“Thank you so so much for today! Everyone said how wonderful today, and you were. It was everything I wished for and more!”

“The ceremony was even better than we could have imagined. We’ve had so many compliments, and a few people have said how they are considering hiring a celebrant for their next events! You were absolutely perfect.”

“Helen was so lovely! Right from our initial meeting up to the day.”