Empowering Ceremony and Ritual
Recently we had the opportunity to be interviewed on the Dying To Live Podcast. This is a podcast that shares stories to facilitate our understanding of how death and grief can be fierce allies and powerful tools to help you create your most fulfilled and abundant life.
The conversation includes how we can shift our perspective on death to be restorative and beautiful within communities and families, by having a different understanding around it, and also how we can incorporate ritual and ceremony into our everyday lives among other interesting topics.
How do you celebrate life? How about death? For Jessica Wertz, an artist, the ceremony of death should be sacred and restorative for the families and communities rather than painful and fearful. She came up with this realization when she was living in the woods of Oregon where she found a new connection between life and space through her ceramic craft.
She eventually transformed her work to creating a death space complete with a personalized package including urn, candles, and book guides for emotional aftercare ceremonies and rituals that values time, space, mood, and people who will be present in the gathering. The company, called Spirit Vessel services pre-planning, living memorial, and funeral ceremonies that spark meaningful conversations to honor the life of the deceased and to guide those people who are left behind.
In this podcast, Jessica shares the social structure and fear around death and how to overcome it, comparison of the older generations to the current generation when it comes to conversations about death, and how artists like her can support the dying and the living by creating.
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Learn more about Spirit Vessel ceremonies here.