When children leave home, both parents and children experience mixed emotions. Parents may feel satisfaction that their children have attained the maturity and competence to venture out, even as they regret the emptiness they feel. Children may feel excitement and trepidation about embarking independently and also sadness as they leave their childhood home. Rituals such as those offered here can help everyone through this complex experience.
Although I always seem to pick the hottest day of summer, it is a ritual whose heat and aroma wraps me in serenity, like the fine silk of a tallit.
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
Is a ritual for saying goodbye to a sacred text appropriate for saying goodbye to people?