Have you ever lit a candle in remembrance of someone special to you? Maybe it was on an important date or . . . just because. Did it make you feel closer to them? If the answer is yes, then perhaps you may already have a sense of what I am talking about. The act of ritual, especially with the element of Fire, seems to draw out those things that we may need to get rid of or attract something closer as we are fascinated with the flame. Fire, whether destructive or calming seems to cleanse and is universal in its significance. Passion of the heart is signified with fire. I light candles in remembrance of people and pets that have died. They were important to me when they were alive and but they live in the eternal flame in my heart. It may sound corny but in truth, the lighting of the candle makes them feel nearer and the twinge of pain in missing them reminds me of the wonderful relationships we had. Their physical presence is complete but the memory of them lives on.
Collectively, the lighting of a candle by many brings people together for a common cause. We see it in social media and television in vigils, quiet protests, in ceremonies, in churches. Annually, on the same day each year, (the third Thursday of September) worldwide, within 164 countries and counting, people a light candle, whether literal or virtual, honouring the millions of orphaned pets needing a forever home. This ritual’s purpose is to draw attention to those animals who may be euthanized for the economic sake of not having a loving person or family to hold them precious through to their end of life. So I extend an invitation to check out the ‘Remember Me Thursday’ website on how you may get involved in your own way. On September 22th, I will be lighting my candles and giving a more heart-felt cuddle to my adopted dog and cat in honour of all the pets I have had the privilege of receiving their unconditional love. My family and our home would not be as rich without our rescues Winnie and Cotton Socks.
And . . . perhaps this too, will also encourage you to light a candle in your heart to adopt an orphan pet.
I look forward to seeing you in our circle on Tuesday, October 4 when we will be Celebrating our Animal Friends with sacred ceremony. I hope you can join us.
Remember Me Thursday website: http://www.animalcenter.org/events/remember-me-thursday/
The beautiful video below was created by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, 2016. Posted with permission.
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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