Lesley Adam

Wedding & Civil Partnership, Naming & Welcoming and Funeral Ceremonies


I live in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire - a lovely friendly wee village with beautiful views and walks aplenty. My background is in graphic design, having worked in the areas of print and TV for 20 years, then as a lecturer until I retired. Since then I've had a great interest in photography and I run a small photo restoration business from home. I first became aware of humanism when I attended the funeral of a friend's husband who had died in tragic circumstances. The ceremony was so sincere, meaningful and personal that it made a huge impact on me, and when I discovered the ethics of humanism, they just made absolute sense. Humanism is a non religious and ethical way of looking at life; it’s about respect for people, the belief that we should all be kind to each other and care for each other because that is the right thing to do. We have one life and we should make the very best of it.

Later when my mother died, our dear friend HSS celebrant Maggie Kinloch delivered her tribute - and it completely captured the essence of our Mum, bringing great comfort and peace of mind to myself and my sisters.

When my sister, Viv, decided to train as a celebrant herself, I was affected by her passion and motivation and shortly afterwards I followed suit. Doing this work is incredibly rewarding and I feel that I am using my retirement years to do something fulfilling and worthwhile.

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

I love this job. My aim is to help you create your own unique ceremony, which can be as elaborate as you like with readings, poetry, live music, symbolic gestures, and involving contributions from other special people; or it can be stripped-back-simple, with just the two of you, your witnesses and a few meaningful words. Whether you choose a castle, a clifftop, a beach or your back garden as your location, we can set the tone with content that will evoke laughter, love , emotion and tears of joy as you make your commitment to each other. We will have an initial meeting so that you can decide if I am the right celebrant for you and to discuss your ideas, then, if you decide to choose me, as your date draws nearer we will work together to craft your perfect ceremony. If you'd like to meet up for a chat, drop me an email or give me a call to check your date. I'd love to hear from you.

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Holding a naming ceremony is a wonderful way of welcoming your child into the world. It can be held in the venue of your choice and can be a wonderful family celebration to be remembered and treasured forever.

During the ceremony you, as parents, state your love and commitment to your child and declare hopes for their future. You can choose to read poetry or a favourite piece of prose, with music playing in the background. You can appoint 'guideparents' who you think will be a positive influence on your child, and who are willing to be there when he/she may need extra support, and you can include symbolic gestures to mark the occasion.

Funeral Ceremonies

It's a huge privilege to be trusted by a family to conduct a Humanist funeral for someone dearly loved. I initially meet with them (usually in their home) to work with them to create the kind of ceremony they have in mind, to talk about their loved one's life and to gather stories and anecdotes to form a true picture of that person.

Music, readings and poetry can be chosen which may have been particularly meaningful to them together with possible contributions to the ceremony from any family members or friends who may wish to speak on the day. With that information I can then compose a ceremony which will be returned to the family prior to the funeral so that they can make sure it is exactly what they want.

Those left behind will be feeling enormous grief and sadness, so it is my aim to guide them gently through the process and together we will create a ceremony which will bring them comfort at this sad time, and which they will be able to look back on in years to come as a very fitting and loving farewell.

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