About Life Threads & Abegael Fisher-Lang
Ceremonies for Celebrating Lives
What is a Celebrant?
Celebrants are well trained, certified professionals able to create and perform high quality personal ceremonies for individuals, families and organizations.
These days, fewer people attend a local parish where the priest performs all sacraments of daily life. Today, more of us are seeking spiritual insight over religious tradition.
A renaissance in humanity is arising, and celebrants are prepared to shape the most meaningful ceremonies for modern creative thinkers.
As a profession, celebrancy is still in its infancy. It all began down under, in Australia, 40 years ago, when a progressive government created a legal category for non-denominational officiants to perform weddings and funerals for a highly individualistic population, scattered far and wide in a largely rural continent. Today there are 10,000 celebrants in Australia and New Zealand, and together they have performed over a million ceremonies since 1974.
The gold standard in celebrancy training in North America has been set by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Montclair, New Jersey. www.celebrantinsitute.org Training takes the better part of a year, with an emphasis on cultural traditions, ceremony design and ritual development.
Today there are about 700 Life Cycle Celebrants in the USA, 80 celebrants in Canada, and 40 in BC. Click here to read more about celebrancy, and to meet some of my remarkable colleagues.
How I Work
We choose a date for an hour-long consultation. Of course this is a free, no-obligation session.. We learn a little more about each other, discuss the inner shaping of your ceremony, and share thoughts and possibilities. I take a lot of notes.
At the end of that consultation, we will know if we are a good fit to work together on your ceremony. I will apprise you of my fee, and what it would cover:
- unlimited consultations until the day of the ceremony,
- writing and rewriting the ceremonial script until it suits you,
- advising on all elements of language, ritual, symbols,
- creating and preparing the ceremonial space,
- meeting with all participants of the ceremony and supporting their preparations,
- arranging a rehearsal if necessary,
- arriving up to two hours early on the day of the ceremony to fully support you,
- providing a professional portable microphone and sound system,
- prepared with a ceremony emergency kit (pins to pills to protein bars!),
- coordinating with your professionals: photographer, caterer, planner, musicians,
- presiding at the ceremony,
- completing all legal paperwork, and providing a certificate, and
- creating a beautiful keepsake copy of the ceremony
When you choose to work together, 50% deposit is due to secure your chosen date. You immediately receive files of materials, and we begin to work together. We’re in cahoots, we’re on our way!
I begin Draft 1 of your ceremony, often in a shared Google doc, and forward it for your approval. It may travel between us many times as we work together to shape your ceremony.
Whether we have a few weeks, six months or a year to create your ceremony, I am completely available to you to answer questions, advise, reflect, troubleshoot, and share your joys and struggles until your ceremonial script is complete, and fully approved by you.