Funerals, Death, and Dying


Funerals, Death, and Dying

This group is for anyone interested in learning about the Pagan rituals of death and for those training or working on improving their skills as clergy. We also discuss the history of funerals and the cultures of death.

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Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2018



Welcome one and all. I look foreword to learning and sharing with you. Let's treat this group as sacred just as the subject of death should be. 
Please feel free to share your knowledge and experience, and browse our pages.
Well met all and blessings to you and yours. As above so below, as with in so without, so mote it be.


For whom the bell tolls a poem (No man is an island) by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.



Discussion Forum

Funeral Ceremony...

Started by Rev. Carol A. Ingle AKA Raven. Last reply by Beryl Apr 15, 2014. 1 Reply

Funeral Ceremony...Funeral ceremony.... said by the high priest/ess, said by all.Light a white candle, Say:Today we say farewell,Unto the Summerlands I raise my spell,Back to the ages before there…Continue

Pet Death/Euthinasia Ritual

Started by Rev. Carol A. Ingle AKA Raven Jul 9, 2012. 0 Replies

Pet Death/Euthinasia RitualThis a simple ritual that helps you both with the changes that have occured. I first used this over a year after my "Butthead" passed. He was a coon kitty who died from the…Continue

A Pagan Blessing for the Dead

Started by Rev. Carol A. Ingle AKA Raven Jul 8, 2012. 0 Replies

A Pagan Blessing for the DeadSay goodbye to a loved one with a memorial service.Choose four participants. One carries a rock, representing the earth, and stands to the North. One carries a feather,…Continue

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Started by Slaying Crow O'Hagan. Last reply by RiverLight Mar 28, 2012. 9 Replies


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Comment by Slaying Crow O'Hagan on August 15, 2012 at 3:25pm

Oh my would you belong to any fraternal order I belong to? I'm OTO, so I thought you might be a Brother of mine. 

Deepest sympathies at this time for you. The first three days after your Fathers passing is most critical. Burn candles every night in front of his picture to send him energy and speed him on his way. You want to make sure he doesn't remain earth bound, even if he passed peacefully.

I recommend talking to Crow. Crow is a psychopomps for spirits, he can bring the dead back and forth from one realm to the next, so you might want to ask for assistance.  Basically you're Dad's like a rocket and you want to fuel his rocket to get him out of here as swiftly and peacefully as possible. This is not out of the ordinary, it's stranded procedure for all who pass on.

Tibetan Buddhism has a great deal of helpful information concerning this very important time, they give about 49 days for the soul to pass through all the bardos or stages one goes through after death.

I would also recommend getting your hands on a copy of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpche, and reading the chapter Helping After Death. There are many good practices in there. I am certified by the Surrey Hospice Society and this is one of the books which is standard reading for hospice volunteers, regardless of one's faith. There are many therapeutic practices in there too. For now I'll throw a light on my altar for your Dad, in my little crow candle holder and ask to speed him peacefully on his journey. It would be more effective though if I had his name.

Blessings to you and yours.  

Comment by Hecate's Cabanaboy on August 15, 2012 at 2:56am

My Dad passed  peacefully this morning.  If anyone would care to say a prayer for his travels I'd really appreciate it.  Thanks, fraters and sorors.

Comment by Slaying Crow O'Hagan on December 27, 2011 at 5:03pm

Thank you Hans for your contribution to the group, you're articles were very interesting. I hope you'll explore more of what we have here yourself. Glad to have you with us, enjoy your stay. 

Comment by Hans Verhoeven on December 27, 2011 at 11:20am

Comment by Hans Verhoeven on December 22, 2011 at 3:01pm

Make good your dwelling in the graveyard,
Make worthy your station in the West.
Given that death humbles us,
Given that life exalts us,
The house of death is for life.

                    "The Instruction of Hardjedef"

Comment by Slaying Crow O'Hagan on December 1, 2011 at 1:06am

If anyone has any funeral rituals or ceremonies to share please feel free to do so just post them in the Pagan Funeral Rites thread so we can keep them all together and organised. Also it avoids duplicates on the site thanks everyone. Much love to you all. Blessings to all of the Torchlight Divine Sister SCO

Comment by Cruentus Somnia on February 6, 2011 at 10:49pm



New to the group and just wish to say hello. Here is my pofile link. Feel free to add me or ask any questions. Be well.

Cruentus Somnia
Comment by snowmooncries on January 29, 2011 at 8:04pm
Thank you very much for Flower Mandelas it very much fits the way I am. I very much understand how the feelings could flow with the laying of the flowers. I believe it is something I will begin to use myself. Thank you again and many Blessings.
Comment by snowmooncries on January 22, 2011 at 11:17am
just let you know I am more than happy to except friends but my computer wont let me send a friends request but I can accept the if sent to me anxiously waiting (he he)
Comment by Slaying Crow O'Hagan on January 21, 2011 at 7:32pm


Unfortunately there is am issue with code so I will post the link here instead.

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