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Prema Sheerin

Funerary Rites, Elder

Funerary rites involve a ritual, conducted by a trained practitioner or community elder, that escorts the soul through the unseen realms to its ancestral homeland. This is a profoundly beneficial process, both for the soul of the individual as well as for the health of the community. For the soul, it provides guidance and safe passage on the often difficult journey of finding its way back to its rightful place. For the family members and community, it provides a sense of peace, knowing that their loved one is well cared for, as well as a deeper connection to an unbroken line of ancestral benevolence that is invested in their wellbeing.

Funerary rites can be conducted either as a family or community ritual or at a distance by a trained practitioner. In traditional cultures it has always been a community process which helps bring healing and resolution to all concerned. However, as these rites are something that have been largely forgotten in our culture, they may seem strange and even threatening to family and friends. For this reason it is often more practical for the rites to be offered as a private process, perhaps organized by a single friend or family member, or by a CCLD volunteer, and conducted at a distance by the practitioner.

The funerary rites that Prema offers are available to anyone, regardless of what tradition or spiritual path they follow (or do not follow). Rather than being affiliated with any particular tradition, the purpose of the ritual is to support the soul to find its way to where it needs to go without any agenda as to where that should be. While the ideal times for this work to be done are within 6 weeks of death, funerary rites can be offered at any time, even for a soul that is long departed.

Whether the funerary rites are conducted as a community ritual, or at a distance, at its completion Prema will offer to recount the story of the soul’s journey and to deliver any messages that the deceased may want to communicate. These messages can often be gifts that help the living come to resolution and move through their grief.

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Prema Sheerin
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