We as humans experience many transitions in our lives. Most of the time these changes pass by without our being able to properly acknowledge and process them.
When doors either open or close in our lives, they come with a myriad of feelings and changes. As we work through them, we are sometimes left feeling as if something is missing, as our society as a whole has yet to come up with a tradition, ceremony, or acknowledgment to help us properly integrate many of these changes.
Western society has given great attention to baby christenings/naming ceremonies, graduations, weddings, and funerals. (NOTE* I DO offer customized eulogy ceremonies for funerals).
These are all wonderful, important, and very needed. However, there are also other times in our lives when we have either gained or created something very new that will change our lives significantly, or have lost or willingly walked away from something that also launches us into a significant transition.
It is at these times that I feel we could all greatly benefit from a ceremony or ritual to help us mark that particular beginning or ending, and move forward with intention.
Reasons for life ceremonies can be as different as the people looking for them.
Basically, if you feel you are in a transition and want to properly close a door, start fresh, or pay proper respect to someone or something, you can benefit from a life ceremony.
Symbolism and ritual are very powerful in many native, ancient, and tribal cultures, helping to guide and support people from one phase of their lives to another.
I believe we can take this a step further even and create and personalize a ceremony or ritual for anything in our lives that we deem worthy of such acknowledgment.
All we humans really want is to be loved, supported, and held in life's most important moments. A personalized life ceremony may be just the thing to begin to help us properly integrate, acknowledge, and pay homage to these changes, as well as move forward with renewed spirit.