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The welcoming of a new member of the community is a time honoured tradition but for many people the religious element of a traditional rite of passage is not relevant.


A naming ceremony provides an opportunity to acknowledge with family and friends a new life without the obligations associated with religious membership.

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Such ceremonies are not just for babies - you may want to celebrate a newly adopted member of the family, a new life following gender reassignment or to embrace step-children.


Whatever the reason, a naming ceremony can include the appointment of spiritual / moral guardians, poems, readings, music as you wish.  There are many beautiful rituals such as tree-planting, candle lighting and more that can be included.


I would be delighted to work with you to create a meaningful ceremony that acknowledges your ‘new life’ in the most fitting way possible.

Catrina Young, Heart-led Celebrant, Hardingstone Ceremonies
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If, after our initial chat, you decide I am the celebrant for you, I will be delighted to:


  • Meet you at home or somewhere else if you prefer to discuss in detail the contents of a naming or arrival ceremony.  We can expect this meeting to take approximately 2 hours. I want to gain an insight into the significance of this ceremony for you and your family.  We can discuss any readings or rituals you might like to include - I have plenty of suggestions if you’re not sure.

  • Create a unique ceremony to celebrate the new arrival - whether that is a new baby, an adoption, a change of name, gender status or something else. 

  • Provide a draft ceremony for your approval and to make any necessary adjustments.

  • Arrive at the venue at least 1/2 hr prior to the service - many people choose the family home for this ceremony but anything is possible; a favourite park,  village hall etc.

  • Conduct your ceremony with love, joy and reverence.

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