Pet Ceremonies

Pet Ceremony celebrant in Leicestershire

Pet ceremony celebrant in LeicestershireFor many people, the attachments they form to their pets are just as important as those they have to people.

These bonds can grow very deep as years of loving companionship between human and animal go by.

As a pet lover and pet ceremony celebrant myself based in Leicestershire, I understand totally.


Every Fur Baby is Special

Non-animal lovers sometimes do not understand the “fur baby connection”. So when they see an attached owner in real grief after the death of a beloved pet, they may not fully understand or be very supportive.

If you are a true animal lover, you will recognise that your relationships with your pets indeed are important enough to honour them with a special ceremony.

A pet ceremony can either be helpful when a new pet joins the household, or when a beloved pet has died.

I am available to discuss with you whatever ceremony you might be interested in having. Perhaps you would like to talk with me about ideas; or perhaps I could write a ceremony that you will conduct yourself; or perhaps, you want me to write and conduct the ceremony  at your home. All of these options are possible.

New Pet Ceremonies:

Adopting a new pet, and falling in love with them, are both joyful experiences. A small gathering of family members and close friends to name and welcome the new pet can be very meaningful. The choosing of a name for the new pet can have great significance. Maybe its because the name itself is very special, or the process the family went through to allow the children to participate in the meaning.

If children are a part of the family, highlighting their new responsibilities toward the new addition can add significance to the promises they might have made to their parents. Children can step forward and state publicly what they are committing to contribute to the care of the animal.


Pet Funerals and Memorials:

Pet Ceremonies with Your Special Ceremony LeicestershireThe loss of a beloved pet triggers real grief. And real grief needs to be recognised, expressed, and supported. This is what a pet funeral or memorial can provide for the grieving owner. Honouring the importance of that animal to the owner and/or family, sharing stories about good times with the pet, and participating in the saying “good-bye” with the support of family and friends can be very helpful.

Helping your children understand Pet Bereavement

You can help your children learn important lessons about how to handle loss and sadness without any “lectures”. Planning and participating in the ceremony honours their feelings. It also teaches your children the important points about how to cope with future losses. Holding a ceremony can be powerful and helpful in incorporating loss into ongoing life and celebrating what the pet contributed to the life of the owner.

Naming Ceremonies – Alternative to Christenings

 What is a Naming Ceremony?

Naming cnaming ceremony leicestershireeremonies are an alterative to traditional religious ceremomies in the UK . They are becoming  popular as an alternative to Christenings.  For many parents having their baby Christened was how they traditionally acknowledged and welcomed the arrival of their new baby into the world. Many parents however might not feel comfortable with the religious  aspects of such an occasion.  Or you could have parents who come from two culturally diverse backgrounds. This is where a Naming Ceremony offers a very special alternative. A Naming Ceremony is designed specifically for you and your child and so is a very  personalised occasion.  You can create the ceremony however you would like to personalise it. If appropriate, you can include personal belief systems.

A Ceremony for all your children

A Naming ceremony does not have to be confined to just your babies. In ancient beliefs they recognise the important life transitions such as that from child to adolescence, and this is often a fruitful time to conduct a ceremony for an older child, encouraging their full participation in the proceedings.

With the greater occurrence of step-families nowadays it is also often appropriate to symbolically recognise the uniting of children from the two families of each partner into the  new family unit.

Where can I hold a Naming Ceremony for my Child?

naming ceremony leicestershireOne of the main advantages of a Naming Ceremony is that you can hold it at pretty much any venue or location of your choice.  You can hold your ceremony at the childs home, perhaps in the garden, with a buffet tea to follow.  You an also hold thm at more formal venues such as a  local hotel or community hall.  Some of the nicest ceremonies take place in outside locations. These can have special meaning to the parents such as a local beauty spot.

Getting Permission to hold your ceremony elsewhere

If you are considering an outside  location  it is important to gain permission beforehand. You may need to contact the landowner for example the National Trust or the local council.  Most landowners are very obliging.  For outside locations it is also important to consider  the time of year and the accessibility of the venue for your guests, for example elderly relatives may have difficulty in reaching the location.  Location is an aspect of  your child Naming Ceremony  you might like to discuss with your Celebrant before making your decisions.

What will the ceremony consist of?

You can choose specific content for your child Naming Ceremony, it completely down to you.  The ceremony can accommodate secular beliefs or take on a more spiritual or Pagan emphasis.  You can choose your own poetry or readings, music and contributors to the ceremony. Your Celebrant will make an initial visit to discuss your wishes and structure the ceremony around these.  Your Celebrant will work with you in creating a service especially to match your requirements.

Ceremonies can also include a traditional Baptism if parents wish

Does a Naming Ceremony have any legal status?

It is important to remember  that, like Christenings, Naming Ceremonies have no legal status.  You must register the birth of your baby at your local register office.