Reverent Celebrations

Reverent Celebrations Reverent Celebrations are celebrations brought to life in honor of you or your loved one so that the memories created can live in your hearts forever.

This is living......Making peace with the endings ☮️ We experience beginnings and endings all day long. Every minute has...
02/02/2020

This is living......Making peace with the endings ☮️
We experience beginnings and endings all day long. Every minute has a birth and a death.

This is a beautiful writing about grief by my friend, Melody LeBaron. Loss and Grief Renewal and Rebirth RetreatsIf you ...
01/26/2020

This is a beautiful writing about grief by my friend, Melody LeBaron. Loss and Grief Renewal and Rebirth Retreats
If you or someone you know is grieving, please feel free to share this and follow Loss and Grief Renewal and Rebirth Retreats❤️

This is what it was like for me 20 years ago when, in a 2-year period, I had to grieve my 4-year old child's abuse, my 17-year old son's sudden death after a car accident, a divorce, a move, and my father condemning me and most of my friends deserting me (because I was the one who filed for the divorce and that's not OK in the Mormon church). So I left the church that had been an integral part of my identity for 45 years. This is what it was like.

When grief strikes by Anne-Claire Bonneau

Grief-stricken.

Could there be a better way to describe the feeling?

Yes, grief strikes. And when it does, you’d better not resist it. Otherwise, it will start to really hurt.
Grief is not hurt. Grief is your soul laying bare naked, when your usual barriers and walls are destroyed to the ground, and you feel it all.

The good, the bad.

The light, the shadow.

The love, the loss.

The fear, the scars, the demons. All the way down.

The world, this life.

Each time I have encountered grief, I have been amazed to find the beauty of this life lying in the center of pain and loss.

Grief is a bitter-sweet gift. When you befriend grief, you are no longer afraid of it. You recognize it and welcome it into your life, because you know it is for you, not against you.

Grief comes in waves, and without any notice. You think you are done with it, it leaves you alone for a while, and then it pays you an unexpected visit.

After a while, when your life somehow resumes its course, when you start moving forward again - forever changed and yet, somehow, still the same - grief becomes an old friend you are happy to hear from. Because it puts you into contact with the love and the life you once shared with the ones you lost. Grief opens this sacred space in your heart where the dead are still alive, forever living through your stubborn memory of them.

In a few years, I lost both my parents. I lost my marriage and the home I had built. I lost my career, my work and my colleagues.

I lost myself, countless times.

And yet, have I really lost anything? Was there anything that belonged to me in the first place?
Isn’t grief this passage, this liminal space, that allows us to see that we are - and always have been - whole? That our brokenness is only superficial?

I was burned out, burned down and yet still standing. Something, somewhere in me was insisting on living.

I remember the months after my mother’s death. I was living in a fog. Just going through the motions, waking up every morning and trying to make it through another day. I remember this very specific moment when I told myself : « if it was up to me, I would already be dead. If I am alive, it is because life wants to live through me. »

It is life that wants to live.

That is the truth I found in the midst of loss and despair.

This is what grief is to me. A way to remember the sheer grace of it all.

Yes, grief breaks you. But if you let it, it will break you open.

Art by Autumn Sky Art

This is one example - granted it’s quite outrageous - that shows the time has come! It’s time to celebrate death as we d...
10/19/2019
A dead man pranked his family at his own funeral by using a recording to scream 'Let me out!' as they put his coffin into the ground

This is one example - granted it’s quite outrageous - that shows the time has come! It’s time to celebrate death as we do life. Reverent Celebrations is here to help facilitate this. Facing your own mortality? Approaching the anniversary of a loved one’s passing? I can help you create new and beautiful memories before, during and after death through celebration.
I help people celebrate dying and death with reverence (and sometimes even a sprinkle of irreverence).

https://www.insider.com/shay-bradley-pranked-his-funeral-with-recorded-message-2019-10

At a funeral for Shay Bradley in Ireland on Saturday, loved ones were shocked when they heard his voice coming from the coffin.

Grief is such a big part of living. It’s something we can support each other through. Like death, grief is with us nearl...
07/31/2019
Grief is Healing in Motion

Grief is such a big part of living. It’s something we can support each other through. Like death, grief is with us nearly every step of the way.

Grief connects us to what we cherish. It is only through that connection that we know how to move forward. In this way, grief is motion.

04/11/2019
CBS Sunday Morning

Love is alive and well! This is a great example of how to truly love and honor someone on their journey❤️

On Islington Road in Newton, Mass., lives two-year-old Samantha Savitz, who is deaf, but boy, does she love to talk to anyone who knows sign language. And if someone doesn't, that makes Sam just a little sad. Which led her neighbors to undertake what can only be described as a most generous community project: hiring an instructor, and fully immersing themselves in an American Sign Language class. Steve Hartman reports.

Know anyone who’s grieving? Show them some love - touch and conversation can be very supportive. Share a favorite story ...
02/19/2019

Know anyone who’s grieving? Show them some love - touch and conversation can be very supportive. Share a favorite story about their loved one. If tears come, it’s ok. Gentle and kind❤️

Amy and Pam have created a beautiful place to gather and rest! Read the article to learn more about Amy's Place in Roswe...
04/06/2016
Place to help dementia caregivers, loved ones opens in Roswell

Amy and Pam have created a beautiful place to gather and rest! Read the article to learn more about Amy's Place in Roswell, GA.

At Amy’s Place, sisters Jean and Pam Van Ahn want dementia caregivers to find needed respite from their duties and maybe make a new friend walking the same difficult journey.In an old house in Roswell’s historic district, the sisters have established a memory cafe open without charge six days a week.includes/related/ads/320_1.htmlincludes/related/ads/768_1.htmlMemory cafes are places where those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their caregivers can go for fellowship and...

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