We meet here today to honor the life of Cassiel. We give thanks for his life and wish him well now that their time in this world has come to an end.
For Cassiel, the journey is now beginning. But for us, there is loss, grief, and pain. Every one of us here has been affected - perhaps in small ways, or perhaps in transformative ones- by Cassiel. His life mattered to us all.
It is important for us to collectively acknowledge and accept that the world has fundamentally changed with his passing. We are all grieving. Life will not be the same - nor should it be. Together, let us open our hearts and commemorate the impact Cassiel had on us.
I think they are all dead here
The dead are not dead if we have loved them truly. In our own lives, we can give them a kind of immortality. Let us arise and take up the work they have left unfinished.
When do I blow the horn?
The death of every one of us is in the natural order of things; it follows life as surely as summer follows spring. Let us think of the Tree of Life as a symbol. The trunk and branches of the tree represent the human race, and the leaves symbolize the individual men and women on earth – appearing one spring, flourishing for a season, and then dying.
The physical presence of Cassiel has gone, but the tree remains. In fact, it is now even stronger because of his life - and death. So it shall be for all of us, in time. Let us challenge ourselves to take advantage of our limited time on this earth – let us live our lives fully, endeavoring to love one another and never faltering in the pursuit of happiness.
Who is Cassiel anyway?
We have been remembering with love and gratitude a life that touched us all. I encourage you to help, support and love those who grieve most. Allow them to cry; to hurt; to smile and to remember. Grief works through our systems in its own time.