As parents, gathering family and friends to welcome and name our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. For in so doing, we create their foundational narrative that articulates the values and principles that will guide us in our parenting and our children in navigating and living their lives.
Your naming ceremony can be as formal or as simple as you wish. This is your Naming Ceremony so it can be what you want it to be for you and your child. The Naming Ceremony, if you have invited guests, is simultaneously a public and discretely personal affair between you and your child and between members of your family, friends and loved ones.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and a Welcoming and Naming Ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate the birth of your son or daughter and to connect with your friends and family. Namings are usually 20 minutes or so in duration (depending upon how many children are being named and how old they are!)
By creating a unique ceremony incorporating elements that are special to you both, For Life’s Journey and Tuirenn Hurstfield will help ensure your baby Naming Ceremony is a truly personalised occasion. From the very first meeting, this ceremony will be focused, designed and constructed with only your baby in mind. Tuirenn is experienced in working with little ones.
As this ceremony is purely symbolic there are no legalities or paperwork involved: you can hold it wherever you like and include whatever readings, poems, hymns, music or rituals that you find meaningful.
First you need to check the details of the Naming Ceremony to see if you’d like to book us for before you get in touch. There are more details on these opposite.
When you first meet Tuirenn, you’ll just spend some time getting to know each other so he can find out more about you, your family, and your wishes for your ceremony. You may already have lots of ideas, and that’s totally fine – we can work together to make sure it feels just right.
Once you’ve confirmed the booking, Tuirenn will get started on writing your ceremony straight away. With his experience he can make suggestions, and together you’ll create something that feels right for you. This will possibly include discussing reading options with family and friends you have chosen to take part.
As soon as possible before your date we’ll send you a script for the ceremony. You will have lots of input and your feedback is welcome. We’ll work together as much as you like until you’re 100% happy with the result.
On the day Tuirenn will conduct your ceremony as planned, delivering a personal and beautiful service for you and any family or friends you have involved. Afterwards you’ll get a beautifully bound copy of the ceremony script to reflect on in future years, together with a keepsake certificate.
* Certain symbolic rituals may incur additional costs (such as the tree planting ritual) – this will be discussed at your first meeting.
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But willing to travel worldwide.
Most of our ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs