Category Archives: Ceremony Ideas

Episode 44: Owl Medicine for the Spirit

Imagine an owl. Did you feel a sense of apprehension or foreboding? No surprise. Owls have long been associated with death. Maybe you conjured a Halloween scene with an owl and a full moon. Or, did you picture Harry Potter’s … Continue reading

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Episode 40 – Home Funerals

  When the time comes, which do you want: a funeral home or a home funeral? Burial or cremation? Fancy casket or cardboard box?  Ashes in an urn or scattered someplace special?  Who have you told about what you want? … Continue reading

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Episode 39: Funeral Rituals for the Death of a Marriage

Most couples don’t get married expecting to get divorced. But when a marriage is dissolved, can ritual help the couple move on?  As a Life-Cycle Celebrant, I believe rituals can help the couple navigate one of the most stressful events … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Ancestors: A Ritual for Samhain

This ritual was initially designed to be performed with a group. At the end of the ritual, I suggest ways it can be adapted as a virtual ritual.   Prepare in advance: Each person who plans to attend is told in … Continue reading

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Episode 38 – Funerals for Pets

Sometimes, grief can blindside. David Hooper from Build a Big Podcast told me how heart-wrenching it was to have his dog put down. Weeks later, when he felt he was managing his grief, he came home from a stressful day at work, immediately went to put food in his dog’s bowl and reality hit. He sat down and cried. I’ve been there. My guess is you’ve been there, too.  Continue reading

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Episode 37: Croning – A Ritual for a Woman of a Certain Age

  She’s a woman of “a certain age.”  Our culture thinks those words are better than saying “she’s old.” Well, I am a woman of a certain age. I am certain of who I am,  certain of what I want, … Continue reading

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Episode 34: Love Knots – A Nautical Wedding Ritual

Long ago, when sailors navigated by the stars, when seabirds carried the spirits of sailors lost at sea, and when everyone knew that the bust of a naked woman on the bow of a ship could calm rough waters, a … Continue reading

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Keys: A Ritual for Weddings, First Looks, and Personal Talismans (Episode 31)

Couples getting married often use a key as a motif for their wedding. It makes sense. The mere presence of a key indicates something of value, a treasure worth protecting. That understanding is what inspired me to create a wedding … Continue reading

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The Blessing Box Ritual for a New Home / Interfaith Weddings, Chuppahs, Archangels, Astrology, and the Four Royal Stars of Persia – Episode 29

  A Jewish bride and a Catholic groom.  As their officiant, what could I say in their wedding ceremony that would honor both spiritual paths — not only for the couple, but for their families?  In episode #29 of Ritual … Continue reading

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Episode 25 – Why Carry a Bouquet?

A pregnant bride in her early thirties didn’t want to carry a bouquet and asked me if she had to. I assured her there was no requirement that she carry flowers. I also explained why she might want to reconsider … Continue reading

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