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Swan Song Festival Chant du Cygne 2020


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Mini Boat Launch to Honour our Grief
October 17th, 2020 at sunset

How do we grieve during a pandemic?

As you may know or are experiencing, the process of grieving the death of a loved one during a pandemic can be very difficult.
People cannot come together in person to support one another and be comforted by affectionate touch. 
They cannot gather with family and friends to share food, rituals and condolences.

Rituals have two essential aspects that help us in our grieving process - intention and action, or heart and hand.
With our hearts, we set an intention to honour our grief and our loved one, and as we take an action with our hands,
infused with our heart-connected intention, our actions are transformed into a meaningful and comforting ritual.
Rituals can be both specific and personal, and yet they also have a collective or universal meaning.
For example, a boat can represent a vessel for a journey, water, the source of life and sunset can be symbolic of a death or ending. 

We at Community Deathcare Québec invite you to participate in a community ritual to honour our loved ones who have died,
and to give expression to our grief not shared due to our current lack of social connection.  All are welcome to join us.
Each of us, or each family, will perform a mini boat launch ritual at sunset near our own home,
and connect with others who will be participating at the exact same time.

At sunset on Saturday October 17th, join us from where you are and launch a mini boat carrying a small candle
onto a body of water that has meaning to you. As daylight fades, our mini boats will float out to bring light to the darkness of our grief.
From wherever we are, we will envision the constellation of mini boats built and launched by a community of mourners
who honour their grief and their loved ones who have died.

In the days leading up to the launch, think of your loved one as you make a mini boat of eco-safe materials in their honour.
On October 17th go to the body of water of your choice and at
sunset light the candle and launch your mini boat.

If it feels right, take a photo and send it to scmq.cdq@gmail.com to help us create a
Mini Boat Flotilla Memorial Page to Honour our Grief.

This community ritual is scheduled to align with the Community Deathcare Canada’s 2nd annual
Swan Song Festival 2020 that links people across the country who are searching for meaningful
and personal ways to reclaim the care of their loved ones when they die.

For more info about us: http://www.scmq-cdq.ca/

film by participant Christine Persaud

Photos from participants in Québec, Ontario and the Netherlands:

video by participant Nicole Sammut

Link to Article in the Aylmer Bulletin, October 14th, 2020

Article in the Low Down to Hull & Back News, September 30th, 2020: