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Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years

Jackie Singer

An inclusive and sympathetic workbook for anyone
wishing to create personal rituals and celebrations that
mark the many different events surrounding all areas of
becoming a parent.

Permanent Publications

March 2010

Parenting • Spirituality

Birthritesoffers practical advice for potential parents. However, rather than concentrating solely
on pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, this book also explores “Becoming a Father,” “Adoption,”
and “Miscarriage” (to name but a few). Jackie Singer emphasizes the importance of ritual and
ceremony in marking life-changing events, and sharing this experience with others. The suggest-
ed ceremonies are varied in nature, ensuring wide-ranging appeal. Some simply involve quiet
contemplation, whereas others incorporate a specific activity. Throughout the book, Singer
emphasizes the individuality and adaptability of ceremony; nothing is set in stone. The author’s
personal experiences are interspersed with quotes and real-life accounts. Singer provides reassur-
ance and support in this relaxed, friendly guide and achieves a considered balance between prac-
ticality and sensitivity. Birthritesidentifies an ancient facet of human activity forgotten by some
of us and overlooked by many. Far too often in modern life, the importance of pausing for
thought is disregarded. “[Though] as the human experience of fertility and reproduction is med-
icalized in our current times, it still remains an area of profundity . . . Whether we have a need
to express joy, seek guidance, or grieve our losses, working with ritual can give us the means to
engage more fully with the mysteries of birth, death, and transformation.” —Maddy Harland,
editor of Permaculture Magazine

Jackie Singerstudied at Oxford
University and at the Central School of
Speech and Drama in London. Over
the next fifteen years she led creative
and therapeutic projects with a wide
variety of community groups. Jackie
has always found ritual important for
marking changes in her own life, and
helpful for moving through difficult
times. In 2001 she began offering her
services as a celebrant to facilitate
other people to experience the benefits
of nondenominational ceremony. She
lives in Oxford, England.

photo: Mim Saxl

•Pub Date March 2010
•$19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper
•ISBN 9781856230490
•61

/4x 8 • 208 pages • Two-color through-
out with fourteen line drawings
•Parenting/Spirituality

Sacred to our ancestors, the tree is a universal symbol of life, with its roots
in the matter of the world and its branches stretching to the heavens. Given
that each human will use the resources from many trees in its lifetime (the
average American uses the equivalent of nine mature pine trees each year,
just for paper), what better to do on the arrival of a child than plant a tree?

Planting a tree may be prompted by the desire to give the child a connection
to a place where he can go to remember his roots. In a mobile society, this is
easier said than done. We rarely have easy access to land where planting a
tree would be appropriate, and we don’t often stay in the same place long
enough to see a tree grow to maturity. Still, even if the child cannot visit his
own tree throughout his life, making an early relationship of this kind may
well awaken in him a capacity to connect with nature at other times and in
other places.

FROM THE BOOK. . .

Planting a Tree

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