1st Edition

The Memorial Rituals Book for Healing and Hope

ISBN 9780895031433
Published June 15, 1997 by Routledge
96 Pages

USD $84.95

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Book Description

This is a book filled with activities to allow individuals, families, and groups in bereavement support groups, at retreats, memorial services, and conferences to acknowledge the death of a loved one or community member in a gentle but effective way. The rituals include information about the appropriate age for specific rituals, materials needed for them, a description of how to go about creating them, and suggested meditations, poems, and thoughts that can be read during rituals.

Table of Contents



 Rituals and Their Importance

 I Holiday Rituals
 Beginning the Year
 Hearts and Band-Aids or Hearts and Mini-Gold Safety Pins
 Memorial Valentines
 Egg Rituals
 Mother's Day/Father's Day Rituals
 Fall Leaves
 Halloween Feeling Masks
 Christmas/Hanukkah Memorials Ornaments
 Candle Ceremonies

II Camp Rituals
 Name Rituals
 Pine Cones at the Fireside
 Floral Wreath
 Candle Ceremonies
 Rock Rituals
 Seedlings or Small Flowering Plants
 Native-American Rope Ritual
 Planting of Trees
 Native-American Burden Basket

III Group Closing Ceremonies
 Balloon Lift-off
 Hand Hugs
 Peanuts and Baby Roses
 Creating Books
 Seedlings or Small Flowering Plants
 Rock Rituals
 Candle Ceremonies
 Rose Petals: Closing Ritual
 Family Circle

IV Conference Rituals
 Healing Space Rituals
 Native-American Burden Basket

V Unique Types of Rituals
Placing of Stones
 Unveiling the Headstone

  VI Poems and Mediations

 VII Bibliography of Books Related to Rituals 


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