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I was not raised actively catholic or christian or anything, but my mom was raised catholic, and my sibs and I were given godparents. basically they were honorary aunts and uncles. It was nice, because we each had our own, that would take us for special outtings etc.
As a non-theist (pantheist) my children will miss that. I would like to apoint special "god"parent-like people for each of my kids - but what would I call them. Has anyone else done this?
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09
I have two friends in particular who I count as "godparents" to Daniel but it was never anything formal. They just love him as if he was their own, and I know if anything was to happen to me they would offer to take care of him. You could always appoint them as a "guardian" or something like that at a naming ceremony and that way they are still initiated into it by ritual?
This is a good question because I've got the same dilemma with the girls. There are people we could like to have as a 'god-parent' role but without actually being god parents. We were planning to have a naming ceremony for them both at some point in the next year or so but were not sure how to go about this within the ceremony. I'm glad this question came up!
Ava has a Guidemother. She is my best friend and she isn't actively spiritual, although closest to a pagan if she had to pick a religion. When I asked her to be a Guidemother I told her that if my DH and I die, that her responsibility would be to make certain that Ava grows up knowing about her parents and our values. We also would want Ava's Guidemother to encourage her to be tolerant of all people and to explore many different faiths. My parents would actually take custody of Ava because I know they can give her the best life possible.