"There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
~ Rumi, 13th c. Sufi poet
Providing personalized Ceremonies to honor your life's precious moments, from "womb to tomb."
Opportunities to honor and celebrate our life passages are everywhere!
"I have had the honor of working with Terry in a Coming of Age ceremony that included a small group of close women friends and our 13-year-old daughters. The space Terry created was safe, playful and set with our highest intentions, which paved the way for a meaningful rite-of passage ceremony for our daughters. What I hadn't realized was how profound the experience would be for the moms. The moms first met separately from the girls, and through Terry's guidance, we focused on our matrilineal lines in a way that was acknowledging, healing, and transformative. As a result of this work, I was later able to reconnect with my mother's sister, who had been estranged from the family for 47 years, culminating in a miraculous reunion for us. Terry is a sensitive and gifted facilitator. This work has had a profound impact on my family lineage, my daughter's sense of stepping into her own womanhood, and has brought our community closer. I would highly recommend Terry to facilitate any rite-of passage ceremony."
*Emmy Graham, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Ashland, OR
“My wife and I decided to renew our wedding vows, so we began looking for a Celebrant for our Ceremony. We found Terry. And after meeting with her and realizing her passion, we immediately chose her. During our meeting, we talked about how my wife and I got know one another, our interests, individually and together, our deep inner feelings for each other, and other aspects of our life. Terry listened intently and got a very good feeling for who we are. From this meeting, she put together not only a wonderful Ceremony, but also a Cherished Memory. On the day of our Celebration, we entered the place we chose, and it was like entering a Dream. Our Renewal was amazing with the well-thought-out Celebration and all that Terry did. We will never forget our Special Day! Thanks, Terry!”
*George and Terri S.
What We Do
Meaningful Milestones provides personalized ceremonies to honor life’s precious moments. Each time we experience a life change of any sort, we go on a journey, a personal rite of passage.
That passage could be initiated by many events in your life or the life of a friend or loved one. These events might include the birth of a child, moving to another state, moving into a new home, acquiring a new job or, certainly, the final passage of death.
These events can be enriched and honored through a ceremony that is created specifically to reflect your personal style and values. You will work with Terry Lilian Segal, a Life-Cycle Celebrant who is experienced in helping people create an event that captures their personal expression and speaks in their own distinctive voice.
Making Every Milestone Meaningful
The ceremonies we create can deal with a wide range of experiences, but share three distinct elements.
Honoring what is Past:
The ceremony will honor what has brought the person to this turning point in their life. This might include releasing certain things that no longer serve to enhance that person’s well being, while recognizing the inspirations—people, teachers, experiences, etc.—that have brought the person to this point.
Standing at the Threshold:
Here, there is a pause to allow the person and any others gathered for the ceremony to give weight, space and credence to the shift that is about to happen.
Stepping into the Future:
The ceremony concludes as the person and everyone assembled step mindfully into the new status, and into the supportive arms of a loving community.
The goal is to be able to move forward into this new stage of life with a deep inner strength, and with the courage and freedom to be our truest selves—more richly than ever before.
What To Expect
First, we will discuss the person for whom the ceremony is to be created, and discuss how it matches the scope of our services. Terry will then invite you to fill out a questionnaire that provides a good feel for the story at hand and any specific preferences you may have for your ceremony.
Note: As a Life-Cycle Celebrant, Terry is not affiliated with any religious denomination or practice, while respecting all. Terry works closely with you to ensure that your personal beliefs and values are duly honored. If desired, she can draw from religious and spiritual elements, according to your preferences, while also offering a fresh and engaging ways to craft a uniquely meaningful experience that incorporates all that is important to you.
Once we mutually decide to proceed and are in agreement on the fee, the next steps include:
Contract signing and payment of deposit
Design of the ceremony to reflect the desired tone and intention
Revisions to and approval of the ceremony design and content
The ceremony itself, officiated by Terry.
A beautiful, personalized keepsake of the ceremony to share with family and friends
Rates are negotiated on an individual basis. Terry can provide examples of past ceremony designs and fee estimates.
Ceremonies & Events
The ceremonies and events that Meaningful Milestones typically works with include:
Arrival of a new baby
Adopting or blending families and cultures
From Leaving a home or a hometown... to a new Housewarming
Marriage or renewal of vows
Separation or divorce
Entering young adulthood - Coming-of-Age
Becoming a grandparent
Celebrating a 12-Step milestone
Opening a new business or venture
Celebrating a new or evolving gender identity
Honoring a special achievement
Refreshing the focus during a long-term creative project
Healing from illness
Celebrating the accomplishments of a lifetime
Creating a legacy
Honoring loss—including memorials and funerals for friends, loved ones, and treasured animal companions
OR…another life passage that we haven’t done yet!
Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant , Terry Lilian Segal: