The ceremonies of celebrant Hannah Nielsen-Jones have helped me to process tough life experiences (like my father's death) and prepare for huge transitional moments (such as the upcoming birth of my first child). For each individualized ceremony she prepares, Hannah combines her life-affirming writing skills with her big knowledge of different cultural traditions in a way that I've never experienced before.
In this conversation, Hannah and I discuss celebrations as a form of cultural self-care, creating non-traditional ceremonies (like a PHD completion or a new mother's return to work) and how to use the essence of ceremony to transition through the many twists and turns of life. Also, we dip into self-care for people who are getting married, i.e. how to make your wedding truly feel like a creation of your own.