Why "rituals"? My thinking was set in motion by those who, knowing I was a parish minister for many years, have asked me for advice about ceremonies and celebrations.
They wanted words to use at graduations, funerals, and the welcoming of children. They inquired about grace at family meals, the reaffirmation of wedding... read more
A collection of poems, prayers, readings and prose pieces suitable for reading aloud at weddings or commitment ceremonies. It offers a wide range of material, from traditional to contemporary. It's an indispensible resource for couples, family members, civil and religious celebrants, wedding planners - in fact anyone involved... read more
Life Songs: Readings for Milestones contains a selection of readings suitable for all life's celebrations and milestones. From the classic and traditional to the modern and humourous, it contains readings for naming and christening ceremonies, birthday and anniversary celebrations, funerals and memorial services as well as a ... read more
Whether you're seeking the right reading that best expresses your commitment in a relationship, marriage or civil union, or if you're planning a name-giving ceremony for parents, godparents and friends, or even if you're simply renewing your vows, the step by step advice offered in this book will help customize your special d... read more
The mysteries and delights of life on earth are illuminated in this richly eclectic collection of poetry, wisdom, prayers, and blessings from thinkers, writers around the world. Here you will find the poetry of Hildegard of Bingen and Gary Snyder; the political wisdom of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr; a treasury ... read more
|Author:||Kerril Cooper & Denise Irvine|
The Big Day covers every aspect of arranging a wedding - from the simplest ceremony through to a lavish affair featuring a cast of many hundreds.
Key to this book is information about what a couple must do to comply with the law in New Zealand and the range of options for choosing a celebrant, the venue, and all the... read more
Updated and expanded, the 10th anniversary edition of this pioneering work is even more valuable as a resource book than its predecessor. Exploring the natural world, astronomy and ancient civilisations, it shows how we can use tradition, intuition and ingenuity to adapt existing ceremonies and create our own.
As the tw... read more
Sasha's Legacy: A guide to funerals for babies is for celebrants, funeral directors, social workers and healthcare professionals who, alongside grieving parents, face the difficult task of organising a funeral and burying a child. It describes parents' experiences, raises issues to consider, gives practical advice from celebr... read more
The authoritative handbook for anyone planning any personal ceremony or celebration. Ceremonies & Celebrations gives details of how to organise a celebration or ceremony, with example ceremonies, a wealth of suggested readings and music, together with checklists and advice on how to write and structure your own ceremo... read more
Rituals are an important part of our lives and for centuries we have celebrated birth, marriage and death as significant events. In today's society rituals are often overlooked or forgotten as the old ways, often linked with places of worship, feature less in our everyday lives. This new book provides spiritual rituals and me... read more
The book has been written to help anyone who is dying from cancer or other terminal illness. Drawing on years of practical experience as counsellors in the field, Sue Wood and Peter Fox discuss what they and others have found happening in the terminal stages of illness - what the dying person can expect, what others have foun... read more
|Author:||Edited by John Marsden|
A collection of very special poems, for those special occasions.
Designed for those in need of poetic solace, and a gift book for the recently bereaved, it is also intended as a book to read from at memorial ceremonies, when judging the tone and hitting the right note is everything
The author of the best-selling Transitions turns inward, revealing how personal tragedy can yield growth and rejuvenation. William Bridges' lifelong work has been devoted to a deep understanding of transitions and to helping others through them. When his own wife of thirty-five years died of cancer, however, he was thrown hea... read more
Essential inspiration for welcoming a new child into the world - chosen by award-winning poet Kate Clanchy.
Where do we find the words to greet a new arrival? In this celebratory book, poet Kate Clanchy has made an inspired choice of poems that speak powerfully of the wonder, joy, bewilderment and mystery that ne... read more
A romantic collection of poems perfect for popping the question, making a public speech or privately declaring your intentions. The Picador Book of Wedding Poems is not just a pocket-sized Cyrano de Bergerac for the romantically tongue-tied: it is a veritable dictionary of all the ways in which love can be declared. If you... read more
This book is a companion in poetry and prose along the journey of love and marriage. It is a song of praise to the love between two people, and to the commitment to that love demonstrated in marriage. As it evolves over time, marriage, like life, passes through seasons and stages, peaks and valleys. The book is organized by t... read more
This book is a resource to assist people facing infertility in all its stages and forms to create ceremony and ritual that will help them find their own way to peace and acceptance. Personal stories and examples of ceremony are included, as it is often not easy to find this information elsewhere. It is a resource for infert... read more
Make your civil marriage ceremony your own A comprehensive guide to creating and organising the perfect modern civil wedding ceremony. The writing is on the wall. Traditional weddings are on the way out, and civil ceremonies are in. But while many people know what they don't want - no church, no priest - most are left wo... read more
'And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods Makes heaven drowsy with harmony' "Love's Labour's Lost," William Shakespeare. "When Love Speaks" brings together the greatest writing on love and commitment - from Donne to Cole Porter, Sappho to P.G. Wodehouse, love letters of the great composers to Edwardian marriage advice.... read more