Lindsey Mason Ross
Hello! Choosing the Humanist Celebrant that's right for you is really important so let me tell you a little bit about me. I'm based in Dumfries and Galloway, and I conduct the full range of Humanist Ceremonies - Naming and Welcoming Celebrations, Marriage and Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnerships, Commitment Ceremonies (like a non-legal wedding) and of course End of Life Ceremonies.
I love to write, so writing ceremonies is an absolute blooming joy and I love to hear peoples' stories so that I can craft a unique, fun and meaningful interpretation of their journey. Don't just think of your marriage ceremony as the bit you have to get through to get to the good bits of your wedding day - we can get the party started the minute you step over the door!
I'm also the queen of statement necklaces and would feel naked if I didn't have e.g a six-inch glittery gold perspex dinosaur round my neck. Fun fact - I don't suit earrings. Weird but there we are.
I'm on Facebook and Instagram if you'd like to see some photos and videos of ceremonies I've conducted, (and MASSIVE necklaces make an appearance now and again) or drop me a message on 0773 901 7933 and we can have a no-obligation chat.
I live in Dumfries with my wife Les, and Tucker the Jackadoodle. I've two grown-up daughters and we now have two grandchildren and one on the way, which is even better than having your own children! I've been a member of Humanist Society Scotland for several years - and probably for many years before I even knew what humanism was, to be honest. I'm not perfect though...ha.
I joined Humanist Society Scotland because I support their campaigns and the great work they do, and I became a celebrant because I wanted to help families and couples celebrate life's events with love, joy, and a bit of fun. I wanted to become a celebrant for a long time, so am now delighted to be part of the HSS Celebrant team. Let's talk!
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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
I'm chuffed to bits and proud as punch to be able to marry couples on behalf of Humanist Society Scotland! It's your day, so it's important that you find the right celebrant - it's a day you'll remember for the rest of your life.
We know a thing or two about weddings here at Humanist Society Scotland and I'd be delighted to discuss yours with you. I can help you decide on the kind of ceremony that's right for you, and help you choose readings, symbolic gestures (none of which are compulsory!) like hand fasting, sand blending, unity candles, drinking from the quaich - or together we can create a whole new symbolic gesture that reflects you as a couple and is just right for you. And you choose WHERE you want to get married too - on a beach, up a hill*, in a forest, on a boat, in your garden - the choice is yours! We've some amazing spots in Scotland, and some world-class venues.
*steady on with the getting married up a hill ideas though - I've been known to whinge and whine "Are we there yet?' like a toddler.
Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies
Your day; your way! Humanist naming and welcoming ceremonies are exactly that - but you're positively encouraged to be as creative as you like. For a new addition to the family - either from birth, adoption or joining of families - a naming or welcoming day can include guide parents, singing (oh yes I've had Baby Shark on more than one occasion...), sand blending ceremonies (a very pretty keepsake), readings from favourite books or poetry, cakes, candles, time capsules - you name it, we've had it!
But naming or welcoming ceremonies can serve another purpose - they're a great way to celebrate a name change too - marking all sorts of major life events.
What about the venue? Up to you! Your front room? Fine by me. Garden. Yup, that's fine too. Most people tend to take the opportunity to have a bit of a bash, so hotels or rooms in community centres are popular too. If you'd like to have a chat - drop me a message - I'd love to talk!
Humanism is often described in terms of what it "isn't"; that it's a non-religious philosophy and although that's true, it's much more than that. As a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant, I help you celebrate life at all its stages - and we recognise that death is an inevitable part of life's journey. As this is the only life we have we should live it well, and celebrate a person's life when it comes to its natural end. I can help someone who's approaching the end of their life to talk freely about how they would like their life to be celebrated, and to help them plan their ceremony, or if a loved one has died, I will help and gently guide you to create a personal, meaningful and loving ceremony to help you say goodbye. Every end of life ceremony is different. For some, the end of life is expected after someone has had a long life. For others, death is unexpected, shocking, and difficult to come to terms with. Grief can be a lonely journey, but I will help you navigate your way through the early days of grief as much as I can.
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