Old Formula to Express Grief Eulogy For A Deceased Lover
Passing Into Summerland Ritual

There are three great events in the life of a human:
love, death and resurrection to a new life. Of these love is the most
important. For by love and in fulfillment of it, we may be rejoined with our
families and friends, remembering and loving them again. Death cannot
take away love or our loved ones.

Without love there is no birth, without birth no death,
without death no rebirth. This is the miracle of love.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in the mornings hush,
I am the swift upflinging rush
of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the soft star-shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there...I did not die.

Old Formula to Express Grief

“The thrush of the Drum Queen admits a woeful note.
In Letterlee the blackbird makes his wail.
In Drumlish the deer makes a sad moan
And the stag laments his doe has died.
Sore suffering to me is the death of a hero,
The death of him/her who used to lie by my side.
Now he lies dead beside me swept by the waves,
He/she who was so delightful to me.”

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Eulogy For A Deceased Lover

This eulogy can be part of a more elaborate ritual in which you remove
a small amount of topsoil from the person’s grave for your altar, or plant
a crystal in the soil at the gravesite, or insert your athame in the soil
to let the energy from your lover’s body charge the metal.

“Like a rock descending a mountainside, death has come.
No one knew the heart of flesh in his/her breast save the wail of my heart,
The sobbing of my soul for him/ her.
How I long to be beside you in life once again.
Alone I wish you a safe journey into the enchanted land.
The God and Goddess come to the center of the crystal bridge
Beckoning you to cross to the land of apples and songbirds.
Turn and wave farewell to me if you can.
Watch me from your Island of Hearts.
I love you always.”

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Passing Into Summerland Ritual

For Witches this is a time for expressing fond memories,
letting go of any regrets and wishing the deceased well on
his or her next incarnation. Have rue on the altar for burning
and a white candle in a fireproof bowl.

The officiator rings a bell three times, and says,
“Today I (or we) bid farewell to ­­­­­_______. I/We remember the
good times and the less happy times, for all life has both
pleasant and unpleasant experiences. I/We release the negative
and hold onto the positive.”

Light the candle and say,
“Like the flame of this candle will the memory of _______
light up my/our hearts and my/our mind (s).”

Drop the rue into the candle’s flame and say,
“As the rue burns, it takes away the power of any negative
memories about ­­­­_______. I /We will treasure the good and
put aside the ill.”

Raising your arms upward, say,
“Great Lady and Great Lord, give rest and refreshment to _______
that he/she may be brought into your love and journey again through
the cauldron of life.”

Lower your arms, ring the bell nine times, and say,
“Farewell, dear ­­­­­­­_______. My/Our love and blessings take with you
to your rest. May you soon rejoice the dance of life.”

Proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony. Traditional foods for a memorial
service include pomegranates or apples, raisin bread, pork dishes, acorn
squash, and dark wines. If celebrating with others, this is the time to share
memories and feast in the name of the deceased, for this is to be a like an
Irish wake – a joyful celebration of the deceased’s life.

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