Irish sayings about death of a loved one
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There are Gaelic and old Irish blessings for every occasion whether a funeral, wedding or birthday. I have put together a list of general, traditional and short blessings just for every day use. While many of these old blessings petition or request the help or intervention of God in some way, it does not always mean that the person saying them regards him or herself as being very religious. These blessings, whether in Gaelic or English, were the way Irish people had of expressing hope, desire for a better future and solidarity with their family, friends and neighbours. A word of warning, I include an approximate pronunciation of some Gaelic blessings. Just remember that 'ch' in Gaelic is like the 'ch' in 'loch', not as in chalk.
Blessings and prayers are just one of the ways that some Irish heal from the death of a loved one at a funeral. A thoughtful word or two for our loved ones is always something to be encouraged, especially in times of loss and grief. When somebody we care about passes, one of the few things we have control over during the difficult time is the words we choose to broadcast in their honor. I have only slipped away to the next room. Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
A group of women normally bathe the body and prepare their clothing. The deceased is normally viewed in the best home of the kitchen rather it be the living room or even kitchen. Additional traditions include the covering of mirrors, ceasing the time on clocks, and placing candles above the head. After the funeral, the Irish like to typically head to the pub. The following collection of Irish blessings for funerals can be shared during the time of the deceased celebration. Christ be with me, be after me, be before me, and be at my right and left hand.
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After the family and friends have had time to intensely lament for their beloved, food and whiskey are brought out and the group celebrates the life of the one who has passed. In honor of that tradition, below we have several Irish and Celtic poems and prayers that are often heard at the wake and funeral.,