The purpose of a Validation Ceremony is to communicate acceptance and understanding that what a person feels is real to them. Validation is the recognition and acceptance of another person’s thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviors as understandable.
Ceremonies for Validation would be beneficial for caregivers suffering burnout. These people may be caregivers of young children, special needs children, the elderly, people with severe handicaps, hospice workers and first responders.
There are three essential elements in every validation ceremony: The participant is heard with the heart and the mind.; The participant’s experience and feelings in regard to their experience are acknowledged as important: The participant’s feelings are recognized and valued.
A Validation Ceremony is an opportunity for caregivers to acknowledge and speak their truth that what they are doing is really hard, physically and emotionally challenging and often the person being supported cannot express gratitude due to mental or physical health problems. Offering the support of acknowledgement can be incredibly healing.
Validation Ceremonies are best held in a group context. Caregivers often work alone and a group ceremony provides additional support of healing in community and lets them know that what they are feeling is normal and shared by others in their position.
If you would like to participate in the healing experience of a Validation Ceremony please contact me and we can talk about what opportunities I may be able to guide you to.