Jizo Ceremony for Children Who Have Died
October 1, 2022
Saturday, October 1st - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
The loss of a child often opens a well of profound grief. No matter how the child dies, suddenly or slowly, whether through illness, accident, miscarriage, abortion, or suicide, our sorrow is deep and may be long-lasting.
To help families and friends in their process of grief, we honor their lost loved one by participating in a ceremony in the Jizo Bodhisattva remembrance garden. Jizo Bodhisattva is regarded as a caretaker of women, travelers, and children who have died. We will spend time making a personal memorial for our loved one, by writing a message, making a simple toy or necklace, or sewing a small garment. There will be materials available, but you may wish to bring scissors, thread and needle, and a small piece of red cloth. Many people also bring a picture of the loved one or other personal token of remembrance. These memorials are left on the Jizo statues. Families and friends are welcome to revisit the garden any time.
The ceremony is very simple, and done in silence.
Anyone of any religious affiliation is welcome.
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi