The Joy of Joining the Celebrant Family
Jun 02, 2014 11:56AM
● By Elaine Voci, Ph.D., CLCC
Blue skies overhead: check. Beautiful and unique venue: check. Interesting speakers and engaged audience of graduates and loved ones: check. What more could one ask for at a graduation ceremony? Well, as it turned out, lots more when graduation was followed by a Collective Wisdom Conference & Workshop including a three-candle ceremony representing the past, present and future; a catered lunch of exotic and tasty African food; a group drumming celebration that energized everyone; and, in honor of Earth Day, a tree ceremony.
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s class of 2014, which I was proud to be a part of, graduated on April 26 at the Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey. Graduates were reminded that they were joining an international Celebrant family of nearly 800 Celebrants, representing 48 states in the U.S., five Canadian provinces plus members in Europe and Asia. In the 50-year history of Celebrancy, Celebrants have presided over 1 million ceremonies globally; each year, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s Celebrants preside over 20,000 personalized and meaningful funeral, wedding and life transition ceremonies.
Celebrants make ceremonies matter more—they offer people the freedom, the right and the ability to mark the milestones in their lives in noble and authentic ways. The events are catalysts that bring people together, empowering them to express themselves authentically and tend to their lives and others with dignity. Celebrants support what International Director, Charlotte Eulette, termed a “precious ecology of life” through their roles as ceremony experts and “human rites-of-passage activists”.
I have now joined other Indiana Celebrant graduates that include Marianne Maxwell and Kathy Mackey in Indianapolis, Marta Adubato in Clinton, and Nancy Zummack in Fort Wayne.
The mission of the nonprofit educational Celebrant Foundation & Institute is to pioneer the widespread use of relevant, customized ceremonies to honor the fullness of the human experience across the life cycle. The organization’s website attracts approximately 1,000 visits per month and 4,000 ceremony inquiries annually.