Leaf Dedication at Seattle Mennonite Church, June 23, 2012

About 60 people gathered together on June 23, 2012 at the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City to remember friends and loved ones who had died. Because of the weather, we weren’t able to actually affix the leaves in the sidewalk until a few weeks later.

People who knew those who were being remembered read the names and shared stories and memories about their loved one. Sally Kinney led the group in a stone blessing rite, which was a wonderful celebration of the lives of 14 people.


Brigid at the mic.
Sheila, who shared beautifully about how Eva helped her learn to celebrate color.
Listening and remembering.
Leaf for Karen Marie Boyle.
Carol and Melanie leading the ceremony.
Philip Carrasco’s Leaf.
Individuals read the names of loved ones and placed their Leaves on the sidewalk.
Leaf laying.
Moments of remembrance.
Memories were shared.
More stories shared.
Placing Leaves.
Charles Reighn’s Leaf.
Sally Kinney led us in a Stone Blessing Rite, from her Jewish faith tradition. She laid stones on each of the Leaves once the community placed them on the sidewalk, saying “Let his/her name be a blessing!”
Time of sharing remembrances.

 

Mark Slye’s Leaf.
Sally placing stones on the Leaves.
More stones
All of the Leaves with stones.
Closing Circle.

 

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