Weddings & Memorials

Weddings

Entering into a committed relationship with a partner celebrated and held by ceremony is one of life’s most sacred rites of passage. In a very real sense we die to the former self, where identity and life has now expanded and been reborn in love to include another.

A ceremony designed to reflect the unique coming together of two becoming one can have a profound effect that continues long after the celebration! David has officiated at more than a hundred weddings, both as a priest, and for those with no religious affiliation, but who desired a deeply meaningful, spiritual ceremony. David will work with you in planning a wedding that exactly fits your own soul’s calling to celebrate the beginning of a shared life together.

Sometimes, weddings take place in a lovely building that has been chosen by the couple for a specific reason. Sometimes a couple may prefer a wedding that takes place outdoors in some particularly beautiful natural setting. Some couples prefer a more “adventuresome” location for their ceremony, such as a mountain peak, a hidden lake, or perhaps, on the bank of a river, accessible only by a raft or canoe. Each setting is appropriate with the most important piece being the choice of the couple. David can assist you in choosing the perfect setting for the exchanging of your vows!

Note: David supports and performs marriages or blessings for same sex couples.

Fees vary according to location and type of ceremony.

The suggested Dana (offering): $200 to $400.

Contact David with any questions you have about either a memorial service or ceremony of the spreading of the ashes.

Fees: Dana (offering)

Memorials

The passing of a human life from this world is perhaps the ultimate rite of passage. The death of a loved one is often full of the full range of human emotions: grief, profound sense of loss, deep heart mourning, despair, along with gratitude, hope, and sometimes relief that the loved one has been released from bodily suffering. It’s all there and raw and very real!

My experience as a hospital and hospice chaplain is that increasingly more people are dying who are not affiliated with a particular faith community. In most cases, the families describe their loved one as very spiritual but not religious. Unfortunately, at the time of death the family is left depending upon the funeral home to offer a memorial service. While funeral homes do their best on these occasions, it is often less than desirable.

I view memorial ceremonies as a celebration of life, not as an opportunity to express certain belief claims, unless they authentically support what was true about the one who has died. It IS a time to bring all the feelings, hopes, and dreams of the family for their loved one and for each other into an authentic, real, and profoundly meaningful ceremony.

If there has been a cremation, sometimes a family might want a a final “memorial ceremony” with ashes speed in some place in nature that perhaps, was particularly meaningful for the loved one – maybe a favorite lake, river, or mountain top. Or it could be a place that the family believes that their loved one would have really appreciated.

 

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