IN MEMORIAM ___________________ A SERVICE OF CELEBRATION
PreludeOpening Words and Invocation
We are gathered here in memory of ________________. Looking across the span of human years, as we do now, is like looking out on the expanse of the seas. The years roll by with the regularity of the waves, reminding each one that life is a long voyage into theknown and the unknown. Along the way there will be tenderness and trouble, long labor and short sweetness, ideals, defeats, and sickness. There will be sparkling joy andcavernous sorrow, the molehill of misunderstanding against the mountain of true accord, puddles of regret beside the beautiful lakes of love and companionship.Each one of us is somewhere along the way of this great journey. Birth is but awakening,life is dedication, death is the change which comes between where we are and where theuniverse is; when that change is filled with the understanding that envelops alldifferences and distinctions, life has renewed itself with that from which it cannot beremoved. And we are forever at home on a vast but friendly shore.Together let us mourn and remember. Together let us celebrate a life.
The Peace of Wild Things