SYNCHRONICITY….. WOW !
for this venue to rant / vent / SHARE …..
Just got home from a "traditional" Italian service and …..celebration of life / wake / memorial / party ???? for an in-law family member with aggressive Stage IV prostatic "C".
I love hearing everyone's wishes and views here.
Here are some of mine ……. usual disclaimers apply …..
Having traced my Icelandic lineage back TO Leif Erikson, and still working on my connections to a few gnarly Scottish rebels ……
the references to burning ship sendoffs to Valhalla actually made me want to reply here.
I am DOWN with that…. Totally, and was really surprised that so many other folks resonate with that.
Being trained in Asian martial arts and having studied eastern / asian philosophies and religions … I understand the ritual cleansing stuff….
just NOT ME. I know… the same thing with ancient mid eastern religions …. STILL not me.
but a friend keeps reminding me that the ceremonies are for the living, not for me.
Skypup I throw this back into discussion because today… we were all "there" for the widow and her family ( which is ours ) and I told her :
" He is now free from pain, but the pain of losing him is yours. We will all take care of you."
The living LIVE with the grief, the dead … are gone.
Have NO idea what I am trying to say with this post which is exactly why I will post it.
In living and dying we ARE who we are
we touch others in ways we never imagined … for better AND for worse
BUTT we are, in the end just exactly WHO we are
I love the burning vessel
whether real or metaphysical
sign me up
light me up
cast me adrift
ALWAYS … on the Journey