As a father, step-father and foster parent I feel that I have an understanding of the importance of family and of celebrating the arrival of children. A naming ceremony is a lovely and important part of a child’s introduction to the wider family. It is an occasion that will be remembered by those present and the child being named will, in the future, perhaps gain comfort and security in knowing that they were welcomed with a special ceremony. Namings do not have to be restricted to babies and young children, older children, adopted children and new identities can also be celebrated in this way.
Every naming is individual and carefully written and is very much guided by your wishes and what you would like to include. I will meet with you to discuss your wishes and create a ceremony which you will approve before the special day. The ceremony can combine music, readings, poetry, symbolic acts / rituals, guide parents, parents’ promises to make it special and right for your child(ren) and for your family.
It is not unusual to have double or even triple ceremonies where older siblings are celebrated along with more recent arrivals.
- Babies and young children
- Older children
- New Families
- New Identities
I have conducted namings in many different places including community centres, pubs, formal gardens, back gardens, on the beach and one in a museum, every one has been a pleasure!