Let’s read aloud together setting the intention of healing together:

At the center of our being is an awareness of an end to a valued relationship. Our hearts ache, or tears flow. We feel a deep, tender wound because someone precious is no longer part of our life on earth. We grieve because of that physical absence, but we also rejoice to have known that love.

We are here to be grateful for things we have received, and for all we have been given.

Whatever pain or joy we bring to this gathering, it is all shared and sacred. Even as we struggle to rebuild our lives we reach out to one another in love. We will share peace of mind as well as anger. We will share faith as well as doubt. We will help one another to grow as well as grieve. We are not alone.