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It is difficult to say goodbye to those we love but options of how we do this are increasing. Have you thought of an Honouring Ceremony? In our modern society the options of where and how we say goodbye are ever changing. I recently officiated at a ceremony honouring a much loved mother and grandmother - it was beautiful.
The Honouring Ceremony was held in a beautiful open chapel within the Cemetery – what a beautiful location with the wind gently caressing the cheeks of her family (it felt like her spirit passing by) and the birds singing in the surrounding trees. The family decorated the area with symbols in a beautiful tribute to their mother and grandma.
The Ceremony started with a Candle Lighting in her memory and in memory of all others who had passed away due to cancer as this was very important to the family. All her grandchildren participated in the Honouring Ceremony doing what they felt comfortable with – their love for the Grandma was obvious.
Before the Committal a verse ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ as recited, it was so appropriate and read beautifully by her Granddaughter. After the Committal the family and friends covered the coffin with beautiful colourful rose petals – she was in her rainbow.
It was an intimate yet dignified honouring and goodbye to a beloved lady in the manner that she wished and in a manner that they found comfort with.