"Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The after world..." - PRINCE
It is through tears and with such a heavy heart that I am writing this. That an artist so influential, and so iconic to all of us has passed on to his celestial home among the stars. Prince was not "JUST a musician" for me, nor to many others. He embodied creative expression in it's purest form. Growing up as a woman of color in a time where it wasn't cool or widely accepted to be "different" or to dress unusually, I admired Prince. He was an extremely multifaceted artist and fashion forward style icon. Prince showed me and many others that it was truly OK to be yourself. To be wild, free, and majestic! I love this man so much. Words will never be able to express the immense gratitudeI feel for the magic and beauty he has contributed and has now left us on this Earthly plane. His legacy will live FOREVER!
RIP Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)
Creating A Remembrance Shrine:
While most of us welcome new beginnings and the start of something new, we tend to find endings more difficult. This is partly because of the way we are taught to see life, as something that progresses from start to finish. However, an ending is not something that is final but another stage in the infinite cycle of birth, growth, decay, and rebirth. Death is a transition from one stage to another, and it's important to acknowledge endings, because this helps us to move onto the next stage of the soul's journey.
Here is a simple guide to creating a remembrance shrine for our loved ones who have transitioned on.
A remembrance shrine can be made using the following items:
- Photographs of the departed
- Candles: White candles represent purification and peace. Use any colors that feelsymbolic for you.
- Incense & herbs: Lavender, White sage, Hummingbird sage, or any purifying blends.
- Fresh flowers
- A keepsake of or from that person.
- Offerings of their favorite foods/drinks.
Please remember that creating a remembrance shrine is an affirmation on the person's life rather than a continual mourning for a loss.