IN MEMORIAM ___________________ A SERVICE OF CELEBRATION Prelude Opening 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 the known 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 and cavernous 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 the universe is; when that change is filled with the understanding that envelops all differences and distinctions, life has renewed itself with that from which it cannot be removed. And we are forever at home on a vast but friendly shore. Together let us mourn and remember. Together let us celebrate a life. Song

Readings The Peace of Wild Things 1

By Wendell Berry When despair grows in me and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

(Claire) Sleeping in the Forest By Mary Oliver I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better.

Memorial Address Eulogy Song Reflections from Family and Friends 2

I now welcome family members and friends to share their memories and reflections, Musical Interlude Benediction “In this life, there are hills and there are valleys,” and that is why we need each other. To help carry the burdens along the journey. In your celebrating may you find joy and perhaps reconciliation in shared memory, and in the complexity of your grieving, may you find comfort in each other-- these fellow travelers who walk with you, who can help to hold you. May you go forth in peace, amen. Postlude


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