CONTEMPLATING LIFE IN AOTEAROA

A. Roy Bowden

Celebrating what life has meant and what it might mean

Celebrancy

I have chosen to relinquish my status as a state registered celebrant.

However, I can officiate at ceremonies, funerals and tangi which do not require my signature as a state registered celebrant.

When I meet with people planning a ceremony I help them imagine what might be the best way to make the event meaningful and memorable.

Whether the occasion is celebrated in a sacred or significant venue, a garden, a residence, by the sea, or in a special place that holds memories, it is important to include elements that hold meaning for each person. Music, readings or performances may enhance the ceremony.

Partners, couples and family members can be sent copies of words and features to include in ceremonies. These are usually discussed in preparatory sessions in order to plan carefully.

Bereavement occasions include elements honouring someone who is remembered for being central to the lives of many. The ceremony is just the beginning of a journey for those who are grieving. 

I began as a clergyman in 1966 officiating at weddings and funerals which in those days were very formal. After resigning from my church related role in 1977, I was a state registered celebrant until 2012. That enabled me to officiate again in this current era wherein couples form different kinds of relationships and ceremony formats are more flexible.

It is a real privilege to be present on these occasions.

See the 'contact' page on this website if you would like me to send you more information. Roy