Planning for the Final Rite of Passage

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Charlene Ray, presenting “Planning for the Final Rite of Passage”

6445045In this experiential workshop we will explore the importance of ritual and ceremony in planning for your own or a loved one’s final rite of passage. We will create rituals for the final days and hours before crossing the last great threshold, and explore the elements of memorials and burials from an interfaith perspective.

We will work with poetry, song, inspirational quotes and prayers to highlight important elements of rituals and ceremonies that will blend faith and non-faith traditions so that the spirit of the loved one is honored, and the living feel comforted and held in their grief.

The final rite of passage is a journey into the unknown. Planning for this great transition can make the journey a conscious and sacred experience for all, and honor the soul that has returned home.

Charlene Ray MSW, LICSW is a heart centered therapist, spiritual teacher, interfaith minister and quest guide with over 29 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a unique style of intuitive counseling that blends traditional shamanic practices with archetypes, alchemical healing, guided imagery, breathwork and voice dialogue. She has studied with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, School of Lost Borders, is a Voice Dialogue facilitator and has Level 2 training in Nicki Skully’s Alchemical Healing work. Along the way, Charlene was called again to ministry to serve the dying and the grieving, and also called to minister to the living at points of transition and celebration, such as births, weddings, blessings, memorials, and rites of passage. For the past 13 years she has led Passage groups for youth and since 2010 has led Vision Quests for youth and adults. Charlene is a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

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1 Response to Planning for the Final Rite of Passage

  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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