There comes a time when all that has been lived, learned, loved and lost may need space for integration and to be honoured. A space to connect to that which has held you throughout all these adventures, struggles, challenges and … arriving home. A space to lean into the ‘quiet immensity of your own presence’. (John O’Donohue)
Many traditions offer time for an elder to be on retreat, to slow down and be supported – to engage in a time for reflection, for resting, for being nourished, for befriending this precious life lived so far. As people come to this transition in their lives, creating a ceremony that acknowledges the richness and challenges of ageing can bring support, consideration and offer respect and meaning to the ‘elder’.
The poet, John O’Donohue writes,
As I connect with this poem I feel the beauty of this elder time for awakening, presence, gratitude, spaciousness, and diving deep into the infinite source. A time for quiet mourning and celebration. For more information about the Ceremonies for Elders click here.