In the quietness of this moment, we can be mindful of our own unique place in the world, and during this time perhaps find a place of mindful appreciation for everything that is good in our lives, and for that which has brought us happiness, and sought to make our world a better place.
We take this opportunity to remember (name), we may imagine their life as a picture book with pages that open in turn, each one revealing a story of (name)’s life, from childhood, youth and into maturity. We can picture the important people who came into (name’s) life, and can notice the achievements, the disappointments and the natural ups and downs that (Name) experienced. Both happy times and sad times that (name) went through.
With empathy we can be mindful of all those we care for, and remember especially anyone who may be suffering with the deep emotions of grief and loss at this time.
In recognition of our common humanity,
From the setting of the past, to the future rising,
We stand in the Knowledge of the now,
with all it’s limitations and fullest potential.
We take a moment to appreciate all that we have,
Releasing what has gone, and no longer serves us.
Optimistic for what is, and what is yet to come.
In hope of a world of diminishing suffering
and a desire for happiness and health to increase,
In celebration of the life we are all living
And the mystery of the world to come.
Supporting each other all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Offering to each other a safe lodging, a place to rest and peace in our world at last.
Words of Farewell -
In preparing yourselves to say farewell to name, we remember that as we commit (name’s) body to this place, all those memories of his/her spirit, personality, and life I am sure will remain very much alive in your hearts and in your minds.
Our hope is that (name) would have approved of these actions today, and In these moments as you recall (name’s) life and achievements, we also honour and respect all the uniqueness of who she/he was and is to you.
The influence that (name) has had in your lives, i’m sure will continue to accompany you in our own life journeys, as each one of you carries forward an important memories of his/her life into the future with you.
As we prepare to leave this place now, hopefully with peace in your hearts and in charity with each another. You now face a future separated from (name), but as you were all privileged to have known her/him, and you remember her/his life with joy, then all her/his hopes and all his/her dreams now rest with you.