RENEWAL OF VOWS 2014



Every year I feel privileged to write and conduct the Renewal of vows for Naomi and Graham founders of http://www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk/default.html

The first time I met them was in 2014 when they celebrated their 2nd Anniversary at Deer Park Hotel, Honiton.  They exchanged rings, read their vows to each other and released balloons containing wildflower seeds.

NAOMI AND GRAHAM – RENEWAL OF VOWS 2018



On a beautiful hot day in early June, Naomi and Graham renewed their vows – again.  I have been privileged to create and perform Renewal of Vows Ceremonies for this lovely couple each year.  Thank you Naomi and Graham for asking me to be a part of your amazing story.

This couple are awe inspiring as, after a diagnosis of cancer in 2012, they set up The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation and now organise and fund weddings for those affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses, helping them to enjoy married life before it’s too late.

http://www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk/

“Thank you so much once again for writing and conducting such a beautiful blessing for us.  6th June is so special to us, not just because it is out anniversary, but because we get to spend it with you.  You are a special friend.”

Earth Vessels for Ashes



Earth Vessels are unique handmade urns which hold the ashes of departed loved ones. They are called “Earth Vessels” to reflect the holding of our earthly body and our return to nature when we die. The act of deeply remembering someone and thinking about the colours, materials, landscapes they would have loved in order to create a custom made urn can be very healing to grief. Poems, photographs and dedications can be used too. Find Beth’s website here:

http://earthvessels.co.uk/index.htm

Funerals around the World – New Orleans



The New Orleans jazz funeral. The boisterous, jazz-tinged funeral procession is one of the well known images of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Fusing West African, French and African-American traditions, funerals in New Orleans strike a wonderful balance between joy and grief as mourners are lead by a marching band. The band plays sorrowful music at first, but once the body is buried, they shift to an upbeat note. Dancing is generally a part of the event, to commemorate the life of the deceased. Design your own funeral, your way.  Contact Sarah on 07870763304 for more information about Funeral Wishes.

Living Ceremonies



When someone is born we celebrate their entrance into our world and our lives.  We feast and celebrate when a child is born.  We celebrate each year that passes with birthday parties, marking the annual ceremony of when someone’s life began.  Why should the end of life be any different, why focus on the negative aspect of a person leaving us when we should look back and celebrate all that they have accomplished?

Living Celebrations are becoming popular, often organised by hospices to increase the quality of life for the dying patient and to give support to the family.

They are also being organised by individuals who want to be present, and indeed to be the centre of attention, at the last celebration of their lives.  

They want to enjoy their own funeral and the opportunity it gives them to see for the last time their friends, relatives, former colleagues, neighbours, team mates and those whose lives have touched theirs.

It is a time to honour and appreciate the living.  Contact me on 07870763304 for more information.

Poppy Mai – Naming Ceremony



Family and friends met together to support this wonderful family as they celebrated at Exminster Golf Centre for Poppy Mai’s Naming Day.  We began by Lauren and Adrian lighting a candle for their daughter which they will keep and light on her birthday every year.

As her Parents, Grandparents and 6 Godparents came forward to make their promises to Poppy, they placed a pink rose into the vase on the table along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for her.

After their promises they took a packet of poppy seeds to plant so that year after year the poppies will remind them all of their love for Poppy.

I asked all the guests:

Do you welcome Poppy into your lives and promise to support and encourage her in all she does? and they replied Yes we do

Poppy’ brothers Jayden and Kai read this beautiful poem to her

Poem: Our Smiling Little Sister

You are the little girl who smiles at me

The little girl who longs to see

Where all my toys are hidden away

You need them now it’s time to play.

The little girl who always smiles

The little girl who crawls for miles

You’re into things you shouldn’t be

Oh why can’t you sit quietly?

The little girl who chatters away

The little girl who has lots to say

I give you my promise that I’ll always care

As your big brothers and sister we’ll always be there

Joshua Molnar

A beautiful day for such a beautiful little girl.  To Poppy-  health, happiness and long life.

 

 

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