The majority of people find solace in taking part in a ceremony or ritual that honors and remembers loved ones. Rituals offer a soothing salve for our hearts and souls, regardless of how long ago or lately someone has passed away. An established ceremony (religious or non-religious) with specified forms is referred to as a ritual. Rituals can be used to connect with the divine, offer sacraments, offer initiation into a belief system or practice, or imitate past events.
Rituals take us to the sacred, connecting us to that which is beyond language. The memorial service could be planned, or it could be as small as having everyone sign a card to the deceased’s family, lighting a candle, or getting together with friends to share memories. Writing a “love letter” to the person you want to honor can be a good place to start. Locate a peaceful area where you can meditate, such as a park, a quiet room, in front of a shrine, or anywhere else.
Whether or not there are any other people there, read your letter to your loved one. Your love’s expression acts as a heart-healing ointment. Keep in mind that there is no incorrect way to honor the deceased. Locate your path! As your heart whispers, pay attention. A lovely ceremony was organized at Plum Village, in southwest, to commemorate 49 days since Thich Nhat Hanh passed away (know affectionately as Thay). On March 13, 2022, His Sangha participated in the Ceremony for the Scattering of Thay’s Ashes and provided its collective spirit of compassion and harmony.