End of Life Rituals: Beyond No Service By Request’
The death of every person matters to someone. When I find an obituary announcement that tells of someone’s death, added by the words `No Service by Request’ I feel that the loss is somehow compounded.
What does that mean, `No Service by Request’? Does it mean that the deceased person was trying to protect their loved ones from going to the bother of arranging a service? Does it mean they experienced a very offensive funeral or memorial service and don’t want such a thing to happen at the end of their life? Does it mean the traditional funeral service is not meaningful for them, and they don’t want hypocrisy to have the last word? Are they worried about the financial cost?
Whatever the reason, I encourage you to have a second thought about it.
Whether you are comfortable with a traditional funeral, or want to have a beach party to celebrate your life, it is important that your friends and family have an opportunity to acknowledge your death and honour your life.
With over 28 years of ministry experience I know the importance of meaningful ritual. We human beings need to mark the important passages of life, and that includes death. A ritual at the end of life, if well done, can be a great source of healing and strength for our loved ones. So, why not have a hand in designing what you want! Come and explore the options.
When: Friday Nov. 27th 10:00 AM – noon
Where: Sicamous United Church
Leadership: Rev. Juanita Austin
Curious? Phone: 250-836-4390 or email email@example.com