Chalice lighting, for a memorial service

Lori Gorgas Hlaban

Birth is a miracle of love and courage,
bringing light into the world;
Death is a loss of light,
but no less an act of courage,
For we are born from—
and return to—
mystery.

Source: © Lori Gorgas Hlaban, 2009

A rose resting on a wooden casket, more flowers visible in the background