Other Religions Paganism and Wicca A Pagan Blessing for the Dead Share Flipboard Email Print Tim Robberts Paganism and Wicca Rituals and Ceremonies Basics Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated April 22, 2019 Choose four participants. One carries a rock, representing the earth, and stands to the North. One carries a feather, representing Air, and stands to the East. Another stands to the South, carrying a candle or some incense to represent Fire. A fourth can hold a cup of Water to the West -- if you're fortunate enough to hold your ritual near an ocean or river, use that to represent Water. On your altar, in the center of the circle, place a picture or some other memento of the person you are saying goodbye to. Form a circle, and call upon the elements. Invite the powers of the four directions to come to watch over you. The Words Stand in the center and say: Take me now, take me nowfor to face the Summerlands*.By the earth and wind and the fire and rainI'm on my way, remember me. Turn to the North and say: Take me now back to the earthfrom which we spring and then return.I shall cross over, now it is my turn.I am not afraid, remember me. Repeat this verse, turning to each of the four directions. Substitute the different elements where appropriate. Finally, touch each family member with your athame as you say the following: Blood of my bloodBone of my boneFlesh of my fleshKeep my soul aliveI will live onWithin your heartsI am not afraidRemember me If you have ashes for the deceased, you may wish to scatter them at this time. Take a moment to reflect on the good memories you have of your departed friend or family member. *If your particular tradition believes we go to some other place after death, feel free to substitute the appropriate place name for "Summerlands." If you're not sure where we end up, you can simply say "the other side."