A meaningful ceremony to honor or recognize a person
or event; to think about victims of a tragedy or
disaster; or to send special thoughts to someone going
through a difficult time.

Materials needed: 3 candles, a pearl-like bead for
each participant, a container to represent a "wishing

The group stands in a horse shoe.  The wishing well
and candles are placed on a table and located at the
head of the horse shoe. The center candle is lit.

"We gather here today to honor/think about
____________ and to send special wishes his/her/their
way. The light of the candle represents our love and
the light of the flame chases away the darkness."

"Each of us will now receive a pearl. Pearls are know
to symbolize a pure heart and mind; innocence, faith.
The pearl is known as a "stone of sincerity", bringing
truth and loyalty to a cause."

When everyone has a pearl:  "Now as we hold our pearls
in our hands, let us have a moment of silence to keep
________ in our thoughts and prayers."

"We will now make our own special wishes for ________
and place our pearls in the wishing well."

Each participant steps forward one at a time, placing
her pearl into the well.  When everyone has done this,
the outer 2 candles are lit.

"We will now light the candles of faith and hope.  We
send our special wishes on the tails of the flames to
be carried away with our love."

Sing a special song to end the ceremony.

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