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Ceremonies for those Dealing with Death at a Distance

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, many are being faced with the incredible challenge of having loved ones pass away without having the opportunity to be with them. This begs the question, how do we navigate death in the face of a global health crisis?

Katherine Daniels has been a member and regular practitioner at Laughing River Yoga since 2018, since then she has completed training as an interfaith chaplain, end of life doula, hospice volunteer, and yoga teacher. Currently enrolled full-time in an online Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at Iliff School of Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, Katherine must now adjust her services to accommodate national social distancing and stay at home mandates. In partnership with her fellow students, Katherine has managed to create a short series of ceremonies to help small groups of family members and friends gather online to commemorate and remember their loved ones. They have also compiled resources for health care workers who are supporting those nearing or at the end of life. "Memoriam Services" may be done online by anyone with or without a religious/spiritual tradition and can be held independent of a clergy member or other officiant.

"In these times, many face the reality of having loved ones pass away and not being able to be with them at their side. Coming together in-person to commemorate their life is also a challenge. These ceremonies help small groups of family members and friends gather online to commemorate this significant loss and remember their loved ones."

To learn more about memoriam services and ceremonies, visit

"Being Human Circle" Online at Laughing River Yoga

We are thrilled to introduce a new offering to our virtual studio, "Being Human Circle" with Katherine Daniels. Held weekly from April 22-May 13, Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, "Being Human" will create an intentional space to explore what it means to be human right now. Making sense of the word and our place in it can be difficult, producing feelings of anxiety and fear. However, being able to intentionally process these feelings in the presence of others who are also simply trying to be right now can provide some much-needed relief and deepen our connection to others in our yoga community (even if it's virtual!)

To learn more about "Being Human Circle," click here.

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