. . . and why might I be interested in working with one?
Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® are rigorously schooled in the art of ritual, ceremony, world traditions, faith traditions, mythology, ceremonial writing and ceremonial speaking. They officiate at virtually every life event with a focus on personalizing each ceremony to reflect the needs, beliefs and values of the couple or family. Ceremonies include: Weddings, Civil Unions, Baby and Parenting, Adoption, Survivor, Illness, Healing & Transition, Funerals, Memorials, Celebration of Life, Dwelling, Animal Tributes, Work Place & Job Loss, Business Launches, and events marking milestones for communities, civic occasions and charities.
What is the difference between a Life-Cycle Celebrant, an officiant, and clergy?
Celebrants are prepared to work with people of any belief – secular, religious or people for whom religious institutions do not serve their ceremonial needs. No belief system is ever imposed or presumed by the Celebrant. A Life-Cycle Celebrant will work with you at length and in detail to co-create with you a personal ceremony that is unique to you and reflects you 100%.
A Life-Cycle Celebrant does not perform religious ceremonies that are reserved by a religion to be performed solely by the clergy of that religion.
A Life-Cycle Celebrant differs from many non-clergy officiants because Celebrants are Ceremony Specialists. They have received specialized, intensive training in the theory and building blocks of good ceremony. In addition, Celebrants provide unlimited consultation through interviewing their clients and, if needed, their client’s family. Many officiants do not provide this level of personal attention. In addition, Celebrants stand to the side of the honorees during the ceremony, to physically bring the focus of the ceremony to the honorees; and the Celebrant will provide a tasteful keepsake ceremony script to their client following the ceremony.
How can I get more information about Life-Cycle Celebrants?
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating and certifying Life-Cycle Celebrants. The Celebrant Foundation & Institute began in 2001 with headquarters in Montclair, New Jersey, and is a member of the International Federation of Celebrants. There are nearly 800 Life-Cycle Celebrant graduates who preside over 3000 ceremonies each year throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.celebrantinstitute.org.