According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language. Chances are you’ve been to many birthday celebrations where guests joined in singing as the birthday honoree settled on the wish they’d make. The song ends, the candles are blown out, and the cake is cut and shared. Birthdays, along with many holidays seem to have widely known and established rituals.
Rituals are used for remembrance, support and celebration. We have family rituals, group rituals, community rituals and even individual rituals. In the book, Rituals for Life, Love and Loss you’ll find a range of rituals for transitions not as commonly recognized and honored.
However, no matter what passage has occurred, is occurring or is about to occur, you can design a ritual that will make the transition more meaningful for you. One of my clients was able to reconnect with a child he hadn’t seen for over 20 years. As they felt each other out and established a precarious relationship, the child, now a young woman of 24, was invited to come live with her father and his wife. Together they created a ritual to unite them as family
Whether you want to celebrate a new beginning or a long awaited ending, honor an anniversary, or find support ritual may be right for you.