When a woman becomes pregnant, a new life begins within her womb, and dreams of a future family commence. When after a number of weeks the pregnancy ends, the loss of the baby and the dreams are deeply felt. More often than not, people comment in ways that are not empathetic to the loss, and as a society we don’t often recognize the grief that is felt. A ceremony that honours the loss of an unborn child and the dreams of the future is one way to help the healing process begin. These gentle ceremonies bring closure to the end of this cycle and restore hope for future pregnancies and family life. I work with the parents to create a meaningful event that resonates with this loss and their values. We mark the ending and empower the possibilities.
Funerals and Woodland Burials
Traditional funerals are not for everyone, especially if they are religious events. Families that prefer to have a non-sectarian funeral in which they can say goodbye to a loved one in the most appropriate way might look beyond the usual. With Natural Ceremonies I work alongside family and friends to create a ceremony befitting the life of the deceased.
Special qualities and characteristics of the person being honoured are integrated into the ceremony. Although funerals are a sad time, they are also the celebration of a life lived within the community. I encourage important friends and family to play central roles within the ceremony which helps them to feel connected in meaningful ways. Each ritual within the ceremony is agreed upon in advance and will have specific resonance for those who are grieving. These will include the choice of music, readings, poetry, and individual rituals that mark the final stage of life.
Woodland burials are a specialty for Natural Ceremonies. Because all Natural Ceremonies are earthbound rituals, I conduct the ceremony at the burial site where the body is interred. Again, significant family and friends are incorporated into the holistic ceremony and I assist each person in a special role that honours nature and the return of the body to its natural location. Even those who attend without a specific role find the events to be special and remarkable.
If you would like to know more about these farewell ceremonies, please contact me to discuss it further.