This burial service was held in the woods at Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Verona, PA (Pittsburgh).
A Irish Celtic Celebration of ____________
Moon Phase: Third Moon Jan. 19
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my constant, and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Joy this very day.
(Celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium) A
Final Walk Together: Flowers may be distributed before the walk begins. Walk across the field to Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
Guided Meditation: “I invite you to repeat the chant “DEEP PEACE” each time you hear it.”
Deep peace, I breathe into you,
O weariness, here:
O ache, here!
Deep peace, a soft white dove to you;
Deep peace, a quiet rain to you;
Deep peace, an ebbing wave to you!
Deep peace, red wind of the east from you;
Deep peace, grey wind of the west to you;
Deep peace, dark wind of the north from you;
Deep peace, blue wind of the south to you!
Deep peace, pure red of the flame to you;
Deep peace, pure white of the moon to you;
Deep peace, pure green of the grass to you;
Deep peace, pure brown of the earth to you;
Deep peace, pure grey of the dew to you,
Deep peace, pure blue of the sky to you!
Deep peace, of the running wave to you,
Deep peace, of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace, of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace, of the sleeping stones to you!
Deep peace, of the Flock of Stars to you,
Deep peace, from the Daughter of Peace to you,
Deep peace, deep peace!
(From "The Dominion of Dreams. Under the Dark Star by Fiona Macleod (William Sharp,1895)
Celtic Hymn and a Weaving of Life
We will use ______'s basket of yarns as a woven expression of our love for her.
SUNG: Be thou my vision, O Love of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, Safe that thou art;
Be thou my best thought In the day and the night,
Waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Our Blessings to ________
(As she is lowered, laid to rest and covered with a blanket of
the earth and the promise of flowers with Spring.)
May the good earth be soft under you now as you rest upon it,
and may it rest easy over you when, at the last, as you lay out under it,
And may it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly, and up, and off,
And be on its way.
A Parting Blessings to those whom ________ loves
As you leave this place may Love go with you.
May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within,
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet along the road.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
May you be at peace,
and may Love show you the way. AMEN