Celebrant Services Offered
I live in an old barn, in the south west of France, with my husband and a menagerie of, mostly rescued, creatures -
Having lived a busy life, before our move to France ten years ago, we took early retirement, renovated the barn and made a garden -
I have been, in my working life, a writer, a teacher, an events organiser, an examiner and have run drama workshops. Most of these I performed, or still perform, in a senior management role, where it is essential to have a sense of responsibility for other people.
When I look at a new group in a drama workshop, I'm aware that my job is, not to find the next great actor, but to instil confidence and create a non-
It is this integrity, creativity and flexibility that I bring now to my celebrancy.
The life events, both joyful and sad, in the lives of my family and friends, have instilled in me a strong belief in the need to celebrate life whenever we can, be it simply with a glass of wine because it's a lovely day, with food with friends -
Whilst having been brought up in a staunchly Roman Catholic family, I have long found it impossible to believe in the demanding, punishing God of my peers, and have searched for alternatives -
So normal, run of the mill services are not for me, and our family's important life events have been celebrated by independent celebrants.
I met my first one when we were looking for an alternative farewell ceremony for my father. He was certainly alternative -
It is hard to write about ourselves, but I tell my students that when we are analysing a character we judge them by what they say about themselves, by what others say about them and by what they do. So, people tell me I have authority, I am organised but creative, that I make a ceremony "profound without prayer" and "meaningful without the mumbo-
I like that, but I think I would settle for caring, creative and professional -
Moira Stephen -
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