Arnold Van Gennep | Rites of passage (1909)

For groups as for individuals, to live is constantly to disintegrate and to reconstitute, to change state and form, to die and to be reborn. This act is then stop, wait and rest then start to act, but differently. And always, these are new thresholds to be crossed: summer or winter, season or year, month or night thresholds; threshold of birth, adolescence or middle age, old age, death; and threshold of the other life for those who believe in it. Each of us, in our lifetime, has to face a multitude of more or less overwhelming transformations. From birth to death, we transition from one passage to another.

In our contemporary society, we no longer experience rites of passage which nevertheless marked the important stages of life. The latter set the rhythm of life and the evolution of each one according to our sex, our origins, our status or our personal situation thus providing points of reference. Rituals accompany punctual events in life from birth to death, these are rites of passage such as baby naming, the first day of school, marriage, retirement, etc. Nowadays everybody has to manage more or less alone in their life course and the models proposed are often disconnected from real life or more focused on apparent success than on the accomplishment of our life. These passages are more and more often experienced as crises that will sometimes lead us to a therapist. A ritual of passage is a work of detachment, of mourning, of what is left behind and of welcoming, of openness to becoming, of the unknown that one is going to create or invest, supported by the community which accompanies and validates the process.

Preparing and conducting a personalized ceremony requires a significant investment from the celebrant in terms of time spent. Fees are different for each kind of ceremony and also vary according to the complexity that each ceremony requires. As an approximate guideline, our fees are as follows based on an 80.- Chf / hour. Please note that extra travel and accommodation costs may be charged in addition to the agreed fee, but always by prior agreement.

Humanist ceremonies

Mains Couple RESIZED

Separations & Mourning

The death of someone we know and love is often shocking and painful, even if expected. Humanist funerals offer a personal and fitting way to say goodbye, they bring people together to share their loss but also to celebrate the life lived.


Rites of Passage (Other)

Since time immemorial, humans go through the same stages in life such as, birth, adolescence, adulthood, marriage and death. Life cycles are universal and can be celebrated through rituals, in a unique – personal and collaborative way to honor their importance.


Unions & Weddings

A humanist wedding gives you the opportunity to marry where and how you want: it’s too personal an occasion for that. Each ceremony is tailored to meet the particular couple’s requirements. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music.

Funerals & Co.
± 15h | 1000.- Chf
Funeral & other ceremonies:

  • ± 5h => meetings & accompaniment
  • ± 5h => composition & elaboration
  • ± 3h => rehearsal & celebration
  • ± 2h => coordination & liaison
  • + Debriefing
±20h | 1500.- Chf
Other ceremonies:

  • ± 7h => meetings & accompaniment
  • ± 7h => composition & elaboration
  • ± 3h => rehearsal & celebration
  • ± 3h => coordination & liaison
  • + Debriefing
Weddings & Co.
±30h | 2500.- Chf
Weddings & other ceremonies:

  • ± 10h => meetings & accompaniment
  • ± 10h => composition & elaboration
  • ± 4h => rehearsal & celebration
  • ± 6h => coordination & liaison
  • + Debriefing

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