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Ritual - a visible act performed with invisible intent. If you've ever made a wish and blown out the candles on a birthday cake, you've performed a ritual.

Welcome to my cosmic kitchen. Nibble on simple rituals designed to deepen your connection to yourself and those around you. Feast on substantive rituals for weddings, baby blessings, vow renewals, new homes, new businesses, projects of all kinds.   

You'll also find rituals to help you process loss and navigate the rocky roads of life. While a ritual won't take away pain, a good ritual, one filled with meaning and performed with respect, can help us carry the burdens that come with being human. 

As the seasons change, rituals connect us to the wisdom of the ancestors and to the invisible world we glimpse when we gaze at the moon and reflect on the changes in our life, when we wish upon a star and feel hope, when we see a butterfly and surrender to inevitable  transformation.

I'm Zita Christian. I've been performing public and private rituals for large groups, families, and individuals for nearly twenty years. You can find more information at MoonRiverRituals.com  If you're interested in weddings, please go you Youtube and watch "Weddings with Zita" where I interview wedding vendors and newlyweds. It's one of three shows I host and produce on the ZitaTVNetwork.

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Oct 25, 2020

Did your grandmother's house have a parlor that was used to care for the dead? Mine did.

When the time comes, which do you want: a funeral home or a home funeral? Burial or cremation? Fancy casket or cardboard box? Ashes in an urn or scattered someplace special? Who have you talked to about what you want? No one? I'm not surprised. Death hasn't been a popular topic of conversation -- until now. 

This episode explores the national death-positive movement through Death Cafes, Death Doulas, Speaking Grief, the National Home Funeral Alliance, and more.

It also includes "The Memory Box." That's a funeral ritual I created to help anyone, especially children, find a way to grieve. 

Mentioned in the episode:

National Home Funeral Alliance <http://homefuneralalliance.org(This is where you’ll find the Quick Guide to Home Funerals)

Speaking Grief  <http://speakinggrief.org

Death Cafe <http://deathcafe.com

The International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) <http://inelda.org

Mary’s Place (A Center for Grieving Children and Families) <http://marysplacect.org

Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living by Brandy Schillace

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute  <http://celebrantinstitute.org

This episode is the 3rd in a series related to funerals. Others are:

Ritual Recipes Episode 38 / Funerals for Pets

Ritual Recipes Episode 39 / Funerals for the Death of a Marriage