28.2 C
Byron Shire
February 4, 2023

Day of the Dead ceremony powerful and healing

Latest News

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Other News

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Edjamakashun pledges from NSW election candidates

NSW election candidates make their case for improving poor education standards  With Labor think tank, The McKell Institute, outlining a...

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

Iconic Mondays

The iconic Reggae Monday is coming back to the Beach Hotel after a long break, and just in time...

$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Day of the Dead ceremony at Crystal Castle. Photo supplied.

A celebration of those who have died will be held this Sunday at the Crystal Castle – facilitator Zenith Virago from the Natural Death Care Centre (NDCC) says the Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together for those who have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way.

This year so many people have not been able to be with their loved ones, either when they died, or at the funeral ceremony.

Facilitator Zenith Virago says the Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together for those who have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way. Photo supplied.

Coming together into the collective is a powerful step in the healing journey of loss.

Although it has the same name as the South American celebration, this is a uniquely Australian cultural experience, open to any religion, spirituality, belief or culture.

Ms Virago says it is an opportunity to celebrate and create positive social and cultural change. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to death and bereavement in a gentle and positive way.

A Deathwalker, Zenith Virago says the event will start with local community artist Sam Collyer on hand to inspire, guide and help with her organically themed and sustainable creativity. ‘You are invited and encouraged to bring photographs or a special something for the shrine, as well as writing messages for loved ones.

A free event at the Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle gates open with free entry at 3.30pm, art from 4 to 5pm,  then Zenith will conduct an inclusive Ceremony of Love & Remembrance accompanied by Ballina-A-Capella and incredible opera singer, Tania De Jong.

At the close of the ceremony participants can choose to join a silent, procession along the Rainforest Walk to the sacred grove, the Forest of Friends and Family, to leave their crafted mementos, which will slowly return to the earth.

Children are welcome, but please keep them with you during the ceremony. Please note, this walk not suitable for those with mobility issues but their mementos can be carried by others and placed on their behalf.

‘We offer this event each year, to bring death, dying and loss back into our own hands and hearts,’ says Ms Virago. ‘As individuals and community we are all touched by loss, and we see the need for people to honour and remember those they have loved who have died, recently or a while ago, without the shock or the rawness of the funeral.

Death the natural and sacred end of life

‘We offer this day towards healing and acceptance. Death is the natural and sacred end of our lives, those we love are always a part of our lives as they continue to live on in our hearts.’

The NDCC charity has an inspirational dream, that every individual, community and service provider has the knowledge and capacity to do death well. They believe in a holistic, empowered approach to death, dying and loss and encourage people to be informed of their options and to make good choices, and to participate as fully as they choose, for an easier bereavement.

All are welcome to the Day of the Dead celebrations on Sunday November 8. Bring a blanket, or chair, if it is a sunny day, bring a hat.

For more information, see: www.naturaldeathcarecentre.org or join the event at the NDCC Facebook Page.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.