CONTEMPLATING LIFE IN AOTEAROA

A. Roy Bowden

Celebrancy

Celebrations for marriage, partnership and civil union are opportunities to find creative ways to enjoy the occasion.

I meet with partners and family members to help them imagine what might be the best way to make the event pleasurable, meaningful and memorable.

Whether the occasion is celebrated in a church, a garden, at home, by the sea or at a special place that holds memories, it is important to include words and music that hold meaning for each person.

Bereavement occasions include other elements honouring a person who is rembered for being central to the lives of many.

Partners and family members can be sent a copy of words and features to include in ceremonies. These can be discussed in preparatory sessions in order to plan carefully for special occasions.

I began as a clergyman in 1966 officiating at weddings and funerals which in those days were very formal. After resigning from my role in the church it was not until 2001 that I registered as an independent celebrant. That enabled me to officiate again with more freedom and in a new era.  It is a real privilege to be present on these occasions.

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