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birchwood ceremonies

Weddings, Funerals and Namings

Ceremonies personalized to your needs

Birchwood is symbolic of new beginnings and growth.

We are excited to help you start your next chapter.

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Types of Ceremonies

Weddings, Funerals and Namings 


As a licensed officiant I will perform your legal and custom wedding ceremony at your chosen venue. From a formal marriage ceremony to an impromptu backyard wedding, the details are up to you.


Honouring the life of your loved one in a personalized and respectful way at your chosen venue. From formal funeral services to unique and personalized celebrations of life, we work together to create your vision.


Embracing your new identity at a re-naming ceremony to celebrate the claiming of your identity at your chosen venue. This ceremony can take many forms and I am happy to discuss ideas with you.

What is a humanist?

Humanists support equality for all people. Humanists advocate for human rights, free speech, progressive policies, and democracy. People with a humanist worldview maintain religion is not a precondition of morality, and object to excessive religious entanglement with education and the government.

Why would i hire A HUMANIST officiant?

Humanist Officiants provide a service that does not include religion. If you would prefer a non-religious wedding, funeral or re-naming service that fits your needs, I would be happy to work with you to build the ceremony that your are looking for.

"For me, the biggest drawback to being secular is the lack of a shared culture. I can live without an afterlife, I can live without a god. But not without celebrations, not without community, not without ritual."

Sasha Sagan, daughter of famous astronomer Carl Sagan and author of "For Such Small Creatures as We"


I am Chris Kirby, a certified Wedding Officiant. I am licensed by the Registrar General of Ontario. I am a non-religious clergy person registered under Humanist Canada. I am authorized to provide legal marriage services in the Province of Ontario. I am trained in performing funerals and naming ceremonies through Humanist Canada.

I am a father and husband. I work in my community to improve the lives of childhood trauma survivors through the charity The Ironwood Project, which I created in 2018. 

We can work together to create your ceremony where the process can be as custom and hands on or hands off as you would like. If you would like to see sample ceremonies or find out a bit more, please check out my FAQ and Sample Ceremonies pages.

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Birchwood Ceremonies

Ceremonies personalized to you.

Always collaborative.
Always respectful.
Always professional.
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