When from the glorious Presence
A soft call flows sweet as honey,
And whispers, "Rise up now, come away."
How could the fish not jump
Immediately from dry land into water,
When the sound of water from the ocean
Of fresh waves springs to his ear?
How could the hawk not fly away,
Back, back, to the wrist of the kind
As soon as he hears the drum
The kings baton hits again and again,
Drumming out the signal of return?
How could the Sufi not start to dance,
Turning on himself, like the atom in the sun of eternity,
So he can leap free of this dying world?
Fly away, fly away, bird, to your native home.
You have leaped free of the cage,
Your wings are flung back in the wind of God.
Leave behind the stagnant and marshy waters,
Hurry, hurry, hurry, O bird, to the source of life!
- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Shroud making is a wonderful source of healing, to help those who have lost a loved one.
- The shroud can be made in a workshop space together with loved ones. The cloth can then be used to cover the loved one in the coffin or for a special cover for the coffin.
- The shroud making workshop can be a place for working together on a shroud to help the family come together to share their feelings and what they loved most about the special qualities of the loved one. This can be kept as a special for the wall or bedcover.
A workshop can be held over a weekend or specially tailored to suit what is needed.
- Alternatively a shroud can be commissioned and made for you after consultation at a morning workshop together talking and discussing what would be needed to show the special qualities of the person who has passed.
Shrouds can be made using many mediums e.g. printmaking, dyeing, stitching, drawing, collage etc.
HEALING SHROUDS/WRAPS: My favourite is a Healing Shroud/Wrap, which a loved one, wife, family member can wrap around themselves in times of need. They are infused with Australian Bush Essence which aids and transitions them to a place of peace and gentle grieving. This is my favourite Shroud. It may be picked up and used during the grief cycle (which at it's strongest) can stay with you close at hand for up to five years or more (depending on each individual).
I am entering into year five now, after the early loss of my husband at the age of 53years. The two metre silk wraps can also encompass more than one person at the Celebration of Life, and is truly something special. I offer a personal service of Reiki before the Service, or during also to help those suffering to start their healing journey of loss and love if you are in my proximity.
The Healing Wrap can be commissioned to your own personal needs e.g. colour and personalised Bush Essences.
SHROUD MAKING WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE:
Print, stitch, dye, patch fabrics to make a Shroud for your loved one or for a special memory. These can happen with your loved one before they pass on their journey or afterwards at any time. It helps with the grieving cycle and also you have a lovely memento to always celebrate their life.
Workshops available on demand.
SHROUD MAKING FAMILY GATHERINGS: MAKING SHROUDS WITH ALL THE FAMILY FROM TODDLERS TO GRANDPARENTS.
1. MAKING HAND PRINTS TOGETHER
2. PICKING FROM THE GARDEN TOGETHER AND SHROUD BEING SIMMERED LATER IN MY STUDIO WITH ALL THE ESSENCES AND COLOURS OF THE PLANTS.
3. COMBINATION OF BOTH OF THE ABOVE
4. HAVING A STITCHING CIRCLE OR MARK MAKING TOGETHER.
5. MAKING ART WITH THE FAMILY OF SOMETHING THAT WAS OR IS IMPORTANT TO THEIR LOVED ONE.
6. MARK MAKING WITH PLANTS, CREATIVE DRAWING...BEING A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST I CAN ASSIST WITH ALL MEDIUMS OF PLAY FOR ALL AGES.
AFTER THE SHROUD IS MADE, BUSH ESSENCES MAY BE ADDED TO THE CLOTH FOR THE FINAL STAGES OF THEIR JOURNEY.
"STARING AT THE SUN, OVERCOMING THE TERROR OF DEATH"
"THIRTY DAYS" - MARK RAFAEL BAKER - losing a young Jewish wife through cancer
"A YEAR WITHOUT FEAR" TAMA KEWEZ
"WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS" - PHILIP YANCEY
"A MOTHER'S JOURNEY" A DIFFERENT PATH THROUGH GRIEF " - LIBBY MULLER
"THE INTIMACY OF DEATH AND DYING"= CLAIRE LEIMBACH, TRYPHEYNA MCSHANE AND ZENITH VIRAGO
"SHINING THROUGH from Grief to Gratitude" - SORAYA SARASWATI