Passing Over Into the Summerland

Here are a few poems that you may want to consider using for your ceremony.
Her Journey's Just Begun
The Plan of the Master Weavers
She Is Just Away



Passing Over Into the Summerland
By WinterSky
Copyright 1998

*Set up altar as you desire adding one white candle, a vile of lavender oil and a bell.
*Adapt ceremony as needed for male or female.

Beloved, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend.

We have all gathered here today to share our blessings and farewell for and to _________.
We remember the Good Times and the less happy times...
For all life has both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
We release the negative and hold onto the positive.

_________, the Elements are part of you...
Air surrounds you and carries your words so they may always be remembered...
Fire holds your spirit in its flame...
Water carries the sustenance that you have shared with us all...
Earth holds your body in its warmth...

I light this white candle and, like the flame of this candle, will the memory of you, _________...
It will Light up our hearts and our minds.
May the light of the candle guide your soul over the rainbow into the arms of our Lord and Lady.
I drop Lavender into the flame and as it burns, it brings love and blessings to your soul, _________.

We will treasure the good things _________ has brought to each of us.
See her laughing, feel her warm laughter, for she is still with us in our hearts, and our minds...
For she has touched our souls and left her mark within us for always.
As I raise my arms, I call upon the Great Lady and the Great Lord!
Give rest and refreshment to _________ that she may be brought over the rainbow and into your love and may _________ journey again through the Cauldron of LIfe.
As I ring the bell (ring three times):
Farewell dear _________...
And know that your friends will always be here to help and support your family, as they need.
Our love and blessings take with you to your rest.
May you soon again rejoin in the Dance of Life.
We release you from all earthly bonds with love, always.

And remember everyone... _________ is not gone, she is just away and we will join spirits with her again...

So Mote It Be.


Her Journey's Just Begun
By Ellen Brenneman

Don't think of her as gone away -
her journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets -
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost -
and she was loved so much.


She Is Just Away
By James Whitcomb Riley

You can not say, you must not say
That she is dead.
She is just away!

With a cherry smile
And a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be,
Since she lingers there:

So think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of There
As the love of Here;

Think of her still as the same,
And say

She is not dead,
She is just away.


The Plan of the Master Weavers
Unknown, adapted by WinterSky

Our lives are but fine weavings
That the God and Goddess prepare,
Each life becomes a fabric planned
And fashioned in Their care.

We may not always see just how
The weavings intertwine,
But we must trust the Masters' hands
And follow Their design,
For they can view the pattern
Upon the upper side,
While we must look from underneath
And trust in Them to guide....

Sometimes a strand of sorrow
Is added to Their plan,
And though it's difficult for us,
We still must understand
That the God and Goddess fill the shuttle,
Its they who know what's best,
So we must weave in patience
And leave to them the rest....

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall the God and Goddess unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why....

The dark threads are as needed
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern they have planned.


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