Same sex couples in Queensland now have the right to have their relationship legally recognised. The Civil Partnerships Bill was passed in State Parliament with 47 MPs voting yes and 40 no.
At this point in time - mid February 2012 - no civil celebrants have been authorised to perform civil union ceremonies - hopefully this will happen very soon.
The bill, introduced by (the then) deputy premier Andrew Fraser, allows same-sex or heterosexual couples to register their union with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages located in the city of Brisbane. Couples will also be able to declare their intentions in a civil ceremony.
The legislation now aligns Queensland with reforms already made in Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and NSW.aming Ceremonies
If, like many parents you want to introduce your child to family and friends, but without the religious commitment, a Name Giving Ceremony is the perfect option.
We will help with the wording and order of the service including readings and vows and any explanation of the choice of names. A naming certificate is presented to the newly named person. Ceremonies can also include activities such as planting of trees, sealing a time capsule, contributing to a memento box, or releasing balloons. The naming may be accompanied by different rituals, such as the lighting of candles, anointing with oils, or sprinkling with water or rose petals.
Commitment Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows
A heart-centred Commitment Ceremony or vow renewal will celebrate your love and commitment. Janice will blend the right amount of lightness and spirituality, inspiring family and friends as they feel the magic, the sacredness of the moment, the romance, the laughter and the tears of joy.
Janice will work with you to design a service including vows or readings, music or prose and any other element to personalise your ceremony and reflect your love.
At this sad time, a carefully composed personal ceremony will pay proper and adequate tribute to the loved one who has passed. Nothing can take away the grief of death, but a genuine, well prepared funeral service eases the ache. The recollection of your personal funeral ceremony is a constant consolation.
"Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying; Embracing Life After Loss" by Allen Klein
I am in touch with grieving families on a daily basis and I feel Allen’s book is a ‘must read’ for those who are experiencing the trauma of loss.
From a wealth of personal experiences, emanating from the loss of his own wife, to a guide to finding joy and happiness in everyday life, Allen’s wisdom shines through. As I read Allen’s words I realised I began reading expecting something very different – perhaps I expected a lot of funny stories instead I found an understanding of the depth of sadness at the loss of someone dearly loved …. a compassionate understanding of the feelings and emotions encountered …. and a guide to treating oneself gently, leading towards a re-awakening of the joys in life.
Well done Allen.
Please come to Australia … I would love to hear you speak! And I know a lot of my colleagues would too!Funeral Support
I can also assist with the provision of printed materials for funeral services including Orders of Service, Memorial Cards, Keepsake Bookmarks and the creation of beautiful memorial DVD presentations.
For more information see www.networkmedia.com.au
Gathering together in ritual with friends and family who offer love and blessings is an act that harnesses huge amounts of energy and lives forever in the hearts of those who care. You may choose to celebrate any of life’s milestones with a tailored ceremony. A Beautiful Service can help with your New Home Dedication, Launching of a new business, Birthdays or Memorial Services and many other ceremonies of your choosing.
Call Janice on 07 3890 0462 or 0438 417 066 for more information or to arrange an obligation-free appointment to discuss your needs.