October 2, 2016

In a moving and powerful gathering, the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee dedicated and laid nine new Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. In the words of our presider, Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, the ritual embodied “the paradox of how mourning and joy can co-exist.” The dedication was done just after a St Francis Day blessing-of-the-animals in the Park; we were joined by many friends and family members who gave special meaning to the experience. Thank you!
Nine Leaves prepared for dedication at Ballard Commons

Nine Leaves prepared for dedication

The dedication took place after the Blessing of the Animals

A large group attended the dedication, which took place after the Blessing of the Animals

One of the women shows Pastor Britt photos of her friends

One of the women shows Pastor Britt photos of her friends

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & also lay flowers & rosemary sprigs.

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & for flowers & rosemary sprigs.

The Zachariasen family

The Zachariasen family present to lay Leaves of Remembrance for Ann & Donnie.

Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke's Episcopal Church

Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke’s Episcopal Church

 

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  • Homeless Remembrance Project The main site of the Homeless Remembrance Project, with much more about the Tree of Life.
  • Mary's Place The only day center where homeless women can go with their children & co-sponsor of Women in Black.
  • WHEEL WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality & Enhancement League) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women.