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Crossing the Bridge ~ a Memorial Service.

This rite may be performed at any at the other rituals, prior to the cakes and ale. It may be done as a rite in itself, preceeded by erecting the temple and followed by cakes and ale, and of course, clearing the temple.

The erecting the temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. A single long note is sounded on a horn by one of the coveners.

COVENER: The horn is sounded for (name of dead).

ALL: So be it.

PRIESTESS: That today (name) is not with us, here in the circle, saddens us all. Yet let us try not to feel sad, for is this not a sign that s/he has fulfilled this life's work? Now is s/he free to move on. We shall meet again, never fear; and that will be a time for further celebration.

PRIEST: Let us send forth our good wishes to bear her/him across the bridge. May s/he return at any time s/he may wish, to be with us here.

All take their athames and point them at a spot behind the altar, facing the priest and priestess. They imagine the dead witch standing on that spot, looking as they best remember her or him. They concentrate on sending love, joy and happiness from their bodies, along the line of the athame, into the imagined body. This continues for a few moments. The priestess signals the end by replacing her athame and saying:

PRIESTESS: We wish you all the love and happiness we may. We will never forget you. Do not forget us. Whenever we meet here, you are always welcome.

ALL: So mote it be.

All now sit and if any present wish to speak of the deceased, they may do so. If no one else, then at least the priest and/or priestess should speak reminiscently of the dead witch, remembering especially the good and happy times.

Then shall follow the ceremony of cakes and ale.