A meaningful ceremony to honor or recognize a person or event; to think about victims of a tragedy ordisaster; or to send special thoughts to someone goingthrough a difficult time.
Materials needed: 3 candles, a pearl-like bead foreach participant, a container to represent a "wishingwell"
The group stands in a horse shoe. The wishing welland candles are placed on a table and located at thehead of the horseshoe. The center candle is lit.
"We gather here today to honor/think about____________ and to send special wishes his/her/theirway. The light of the candle represents our love andthe light of the flame chases away the darkness."
"Each of us will now receive a pearl. Pearls are knowto symbolize a pure heart and mind; innocence, faith. The pearl is known as a "stone of sincerity", bringingtruth and loyalty to a cause."
When everyone has a pearl: "Now as we hold our pearlsin our hands, let us have a moment of silence to keep________ in our thoughts and prayers."
"We will now make our own special wishes for _________and place our pearls in the wishing well."
Each participant steps forward, one at a time, placingher pearl into the well. When everyone has done this,the outer 2 candles are lit.
"We will now light the candles of faith and hope. Wesend our special wishes on the tails of the flames tobe carried away with our love."
Sing a special song to end the ceremony.