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Creating meaningful ceremonies
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My name is Anne Conroy and I am passionate about being a celebrant. As my tutor put it, “Being a celebrant is work of the heart,” and this is a quote I have often shared through my own experience over the years. One must work with compassion and integrity to give clients the very best of service.
I have been involved in ritual and ceremony for over twelve years, initially taking part in seasonal ceremonies and full moon rituals, while writing and performing ceremonies for significant birthdays as requested. This was where I first experienced the power of ritual and understood its positive and transformative role in people’s lives. I decided to train formally and in 2003 gained my Certificate in Celebrant Studies.
My focus is on loss and grief and I have extended my training in this field by completing a Certificate in Applied Grief and Loss with HDT (Human Development and Training), through ongoing professional development, and personal reading to keep abreast of current trends. My personal experience in this field is through two miscarriages, the loss of a baby aged six months, and supporting immediate and extended family in crises relating to loss of relationships, jobs, homes, mental and physical health, and financial security.
These losses are the stuff of life; they are not limited to just myself or my family but through them has come great learning, by allowing time for reflection, consideration for other points of view, and knowing that healing does occur if the appropriate support is in place. This, more often than not, will include rituals and ceremonies to attend to the matter in hand.
The work can be challenging, heart-breaking, and incredibly humbling. It often requires late nights, a lot of pacing about and cups of tea. But it has proved to be the most rewarding vocation in terms of heart-felt satisfaction. As an established funeral celebrant in the Greater Wellington region it is a privilege to assist families and individuals through their times of crisis and need.
Over the years I have continued to be actively involved in seasonal celebrations as a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, (OBOD) and have been studying with them long distance for as many years as I have been officiating at ceremonies. In 2014 I attended a week long workshop in celebrancy in the United Kingdom with other celebrants from OBOD which was a time of spiritual learning and sharing ideas and resources with fellow celebrants and Druids. Celebrants around the world are attending to the people in their local communities as I am here in New Zealand - attending to the human condition.
The content of each ceremony I work on is individually tailored to meet the needs of the client - in short a bespoke ceremony. Baby naming, house blessings, healing ceremonies, and handfastings are just some of the ceremonies I have been invited to create and deliver. Each one is a joy, an honour and privilege to be part of.
I am a registered Marriage and Civil Ceremony celebrant which allows me to facilitate at more joyful occasions. The same commitment is made to the couples I work with in ensuring their special day includes exactly the right ceremony for them.
On a more personal note I am a parent, grandparent, and writer. I love being out in the elements connecting with nature but equally enjoy staying at home making quilts. These quilts are individually made to become a thing of beauty, a family heirloom, for a special person. I put the same care and attention to detail into the ceremonies I create so you too will have a beautiful and memorable keepsake.
Member Celebrant's Association
of New Zealand
Member of the Order of Bards
Ovates and Druids
Certificate in Applied Grief Studies • Certificate in Celebrant Studies • Diploma in Creative Writing • Diploma in Children's Literature
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