When: Saturday 4th May from 2 – 3.30pm
Where: Anglican Church of St Columba & Community Centre, 92 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Winnie Duggan, experienced counsellor and celebrant from Wellington and Keeley Jenkins, Fertility New Zealand Committee Member in Auckland and celebrant from Auckland are leading a ceremony to acknowledge the losses connected with infertility.
The same ceremony will be held in Wellington and Auckland on Saturday the 4th of May 2019 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the address details below.
Both Winnie and Keeley have been on an infertility journey of their own and therefore personally understand the many facets to a fertility journey and are extremely empathetic to the emotions that can accompany the many stages.
Those struggling with infertility can feel they have nothing tangible to grieve and it can also be a lonely journey. Ceremony can help by offering the chance to acknowledge losses, by being able to put words to feelings thereby recognising that their loss and grief is real. Having a public ceremony makes a statement that people are not alone on their journey and can be an extremely powerful experience.
The ceremony has been designed and created to assist in the healing process and to provide hope. The ceremony will acknowledge the losses connected with infertility – childlessness, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, acknowledging embryo loss, secondary infertility, and loss of dreams.
During the ceremony, those attending will be provided the opportunity to participate, if they feel comfortable, by symbolic activities such as lighting of candles. It is also hoped that a tree may be planted in Auckland.
The ceremony in Auckland will be held at the Anglican Church of St Columba & Community Centre, 92 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, in the grounds if the weather permits. There will also be an opportunity for those present to walk the labyrinth and light refreshments will be provided.
The ceremony in Wellington will be held at Johnsonville Uniting Church, 18 Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. There too will also be an opportunity for those present to walk the labyrinth and light refreshments will be provided.