Submitted by Ash on Sun, 12/09/2018 - 21:16

Funeral ceremony

submitted by Lady Erzsebet.


**Begin ritual by purifying and closing circle, walking widdershines with burning sage. Stand in the center of the circle, and do quarters call;

**Facing altar say;

Elements of earth, air, fire and water, grant me release from this pain, heal me, (), who remains here, in this much more lonely world. Speed the soul of {), the one who I love so dearly and have lost, into the realms of the Gods.

**Facing West say;

As the sun sets, so my () has left me. The water of my tears, like the salt water of the sea and life, the water of our mother's womb, blesses this Circle.

**Facing South say;

With life but a day, so my {) has passed into the night. The fire of my life, my memories and courage, my strength, and the love given to me by {) blesses this Circle.

**Facing East say;

As all that falls shall rise again, so {) will be reborn. The air I breathe, this treasure of my life, the compassionate caring we gave to each other blesses this Circle.

**Facing North say;

As the Earth forms us, so {) shall return to the earth. Our Mother gives us everything and in the end she takes our bodies back. Earth blesses this Circle.

**Draw down The Moon and Sun and recognize the presence of the Gods in the Circle. Then, light the protection incense and address the altar saying;

Great Lady of the Declining Moon, strong, silent Lord of the Realms beyond, be with me here at this time of such deep and painful loss.

**Then, light the white candles and address the Goddess statue on the altar saying;

You are the Goddess, You give birth, You feed us Your children from Your own body, and You take us back for a new birth. World never ending, eternal creation.

**Light the red candles and address the statue of the Horned God on the altar and say;

You are the God, You are born, You live and You die, only to be born again. All~Father, ruler of the land of the dead.

**Light the pink candles and visualize {) from your heart, feel him, his love, feel your love and your pain from his loss, crying is okay. Light the love incense and then address {) saying;

You are dead my love, but not alone. I am here to help you with your death.

There is only my love. I reach behind my fear and I open my heart and my eyes in the light of this love. I am here with you, and I am here for you, I honor your life and our life together. I honor your love, and the love we shared together.

There is only love, the love of the Goddess gives birth to the universe. The love of our parents gives birth to us. The love of our friends and family sustains our life. Kindness, love, pleasure~ we are formed from these and we form each other.

You have left me, your family, your friends. The Goddess is taking you back now. Her womb is the Earth that will receive your body.

In this sacred space I am here to honor you and to give you some things to take on the journey with you. I give freely to you all the strength of my love, my soul, my heart, my spirit, everything that makes me who I am, take freely what you need, take freely what you want, take freely what you will.

I will remember you always, I will love you always, I will honor you always, and I will bless you always.

**Light the peace/tranquility incense, then walk inside of circle widdershines five times, carrying incense and chant, quietly;

"We all come from the Goddess and to Her we shall return life a drop of rain falling to the ocean We all come from the Horned One And through Him we are reborn Corn and grain, corn and grain All that falls shall rise again."

**Facing south say~

My beloved {), I call on you in spirit to stand here with me, and before the Gods. That I may give honor and love to you, who has passed beyond.

I have for a while lost you, who is so dear to me, and I feel your loss deeply. But know it is only for a short time. There is a reason for being here and a reason for going. The Summerland, and the places beyond are warm, pleasing, and beautiful. With all your ills gone, and your youth reborn, so let me be truly happy for you, who knows true joy at last!

Dying is only a mode of forgetting, a way of returning to the eternal source, to be renewed and made strong, to rest and finally to return.

I, {), know that when a person dies the soul returns again to earth. This has been a part of our of loving faith, taught since long before history began.

It is said~ "Arrayed in some new flesh disguise, another mother gives birth. With sturdier limbs and brighter brain the old soul takes the road again."

**Pour a glass of mead, face north, raise the goblet, and say;

Gracious Lady who gives rest, Lord of the twilight realms, I thank you for guiding my precious {) to the beautiful lands beyond life.

I do ask for love and good wishes, for {), for the one he treasured above all others, and for his good friends and family who yet remain behind.

**Turn to the inner circle and say;

I propose a toast.... To the Gracious Lady......

**Drink some mead, then say;

And I also propose a toast.... To my {), who now revels in the glory and beauty of the Summerlands.....

**Have another drink of mead, then, pouring the remainder on the ground say;

Journey on now, my dearest, my love. I release you now from all ties to this world. Know that I will follow when I can. May we be born again at the same time and in the same place, may we know each other, and love each other again.

May you be born again at the same time and in the same place as all those you knew and loved in this life. May you know them again and love them again.

**End ritual by putting out the candles, the incense, then by addressing the quarters;

**Facing East say;

The Sun will rise again.

**Facing South say;

Life continues.

**Facing West say;

Love is all that we can be sure of.

**Facing North say;

Only the Mother is eternal.

**Disperse the circle. Go inside to altar, blend the oils of lavender, vanilla, jasmine, myrrh, and dragon's blood. Use blended oils to anoint white, red, and blue pillar candles, light them. Blend remainder of protection, love, and peace/tranquility incense and light it. In the center of the burning candles and incense place one dozen long stem red roses intermingled with pink carnations. Leave all untouched until they burn themselves out and the roses wilt and loose their petals.

This article is © 2003 Lady Erzsebet.