Life Transitions

Cultures the world over use a variety of rituals to prepare prospective parents for what lies ahead, to welcome new life into the community, to bestow blessings and a name, and later to mark rites of passage through every turn of the wheel of life.

For many of us, these life passages now go unmarked or default to less-than-satisfying consumer occasions. A personalized life transition ceremony can help create a threshold-crossing rich with meaning and connection.

I’ve had the honor as a celebrant of creating and leading celebrations and ceremonies for newborns and growing families, adults in their prime, and those approaching their elder years seeking to embrace transition with greater intention and the support of their community.

For businesses and community groups, marking milestones to be celebrated and or mourned can strengthen your organizational culture. Whether it’s a new business grand opening, the graduation of a cohort of clients, the death of a valued member of your workplace, or a key community event, consulting an experienced ceremony specialist will enhance the experience of your members, employees, or customers.

“Holly’s bright, calm, and inquiring presence helped me open and engage at a time of deep personal transition. She’s impressively skilled in drawing out the essence of what needs to be celebrated and then organizing that essence into a meaningful and beautiful ceremony.”

Ceremony Types

  • Parent blessing ceremonies to prepare for birth or adoption
  • Baby welcoming, naming, and adoption celebrations
  • Family blending rituals
  • Mid-life passages: divorce, retirement, downsizing, medical crisis
  • Milestone birthdays
  • Class or cohort graduations
  • Grand openings and groundbreaking ceremonies
  • Community, business, or organizational milestones