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Marking Milestones

The Journey

Life’s Moments & Milestones

Join me as I share stories, tips, and insights about creating authentic ceremonies and transformational moments to honour your journey through life.

Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying, Life's Journey, Marking Milestones13 Comments

  People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.” “But you’re a Celebrant!” they say. “Doesn’t that mean you like to celebrate?” Well, yes…and no. It depends. Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word: Call me a killjoy, but I’m not a huge fan of the “happy funeral” … Read More

2016: Wrapping It All Up

Linda StuartMarking Milestones2 Comments

Wrapping Up 2016

The introductory year of my fifties has proven to be the best and worst all wrapped up in a package that I’m still not sure what to do with. A season of growth and loss, joy and sorrow, 2016 delivered a plethora of gifts to dissect, digest and ultimately accept. Complete with a mandatory awkward moment or two, 2016 stretched … Read More

Pearls of Wisdom: Baby Mia’s Naming Ceremony

Linda StuartCelebrating Families, Marking Milestones0 Comments

Baby Mia's Naming Ceremony

Mia entered the world on March 11, 2015, with, according to her mom, a “slightly ridiculous big crinkly-nosed smile.” Her parents, Melissa and James, came to me with wishes for a modern baby naming ceremony to honour their pretty little girl and to appoint four very special “guideparents” to mentor her. In addition to welcoming their daughter to their family, … Read More

Hives, Divorce, and a Ceremony to Heal

Linda StuartMarking Milestones, Ritual Moments1 Comment

Hives, Divorce and a Ceremony to heal

They first appeared only 21 days before my perfect, meticulously planned wedding. The harpist was booked, the dry-ice machine rented and my ultra-puffy Sarah Duchess of York replica wedding gown fit like a royal glove. Hives. The pressure leading up to the wedding day had taken its toll on my anxiety-ridden 22-year-old body and I inflated until I resembled the … Read More