Baby Blessings/Baby Namings
How wonderful to welcome your child into the world and have the blessing of your community! For those parents who do not feel connected to the traditional baptisms and christening ceremonies, Baby Welcomings and blessing ceremonies are a wonderful alternative. For interfaith families, or those seeking a secular welcoming celebration, together we will create a unique service that reflects your values and spiritual views.
Perhaps the most sacred passage of all is the birth of a child.
The purity, innocence, joy, and limitless potential that each newborn represents is a reminder of all that we are at our core. The choice to ritualize your child’s life into this world and welcome its being, in the presence of community, sets in motion the wheels of acceptance, belonging, and embracement which the newborn receives on a soul level. A highly personalized ceremony, I will work closely with you so that the ceremony reflects your values, hopes and wishes for your newborn.
Jeddah, you gave us a real gift this Christmas: a beautiful memory for our family where there otherwise would not have been one. Reeve’s baby blessing was truly everything we’d hoped it would be. You helped us create a script that came from our hearts and welcomed Reeve into this world with peace, love, and open arms. For us, it was a million times more meaningful than a traditional baptism would have been, yet every bit as significant. Thank you, thank you!-Cara & Michael
Reeve’s Baby Blessing, Westport, CT, 12/26/12
We can not say enough great things about Jeddah. In general she is just a lovely person with a calming beautiful energy. Right from our first phone conversation I knew I had found the person that was going to make this day special. My husband and I are not really religious but we wanted to have spiritual blessing ceremony to welcome our daughter to the world. It’s very hard to find someone that could pull this all together and portray something that is spiritual but not religious. Jeddah was amazing! We had the ceremony in our home and we got to tailor it to our needs. Jeddah has a format which makes this very easy to do. She had great ideas on how to make the day even more special. The one idea that I really loved was she told us to have a “blessing box” so all of our guests could write our daughter a special blessing, prayer, or wish for her to have when she is older. Everyone participated and loved the idea as well. We received so many compliments after the ceremony from family members. They all wanted to know where we found her! These were the same family members that I was worried about because I thought they would have been upset it was not in a church. But everyone agreed it was so much more unique and intimate this way. If you are looking for someone to hold your ceremony, whether it’s marriage, blessing, etc. Look no further! Genine
Andi’s Baby Blessing, Tribeca, NYC, 9/9/12
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“It is said that when someone dies, God sends down two angels. One to carry the soul up to heaven, the other to remain with the mourners.”
A loved one passing is one of the most painful and difficult times that we can encounter. My role is to give space to your grieving process and other difficult emotions that may arise, and to deliver a funeral/memorial service that honors the life and relationships of your loved one.
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