Brought up in a Roman Catholic family, I knew, as a teenager that its teachings were not for me - but when my father died and we wanted to celebrate his life we needed a ceremony. We were lucky to find a lovely humanist celebrant , who created a perfect, alternative, farewell ceremony .
And then when my daughter wanted to celebrate her wedding in France we knew that we wanted to go the same route and create a ceremony that was unique and meaningful for her and her husband.
So now it seems to me that 'normal' services are just a bit boring and we must celebrate - the naming of a baby, a wedding, a renewal of vows, a life - a humanist or civil celebrant can help to create that celebration.
A ceremony can be profound without prayer - it can be fun but meaningful. It can be joyful and spiritual, but decidedly secular.
My original blog came before my website when someone actually referred to me as that 'celebrant in the sunflowers' when she couldn't remember my name - and it was irresistible...
So - to continue reading my blog, go to celebrantinsunflowers here _ and see more of my wanderings and wonderings...