Formal start & invocation


This is the formal beginning of the event. It is a moment to draw everyone’s attention to the proceedings and help set the emotional tone (contemplative, appreciative, grateful, empathetic). Begin honoring the person you are celebrating.


Below are some ideas about what you can do during the invocation. Get Creative! Step 1: call people’s attention

  • Ring a bell, or play some sort of resonant sound that lasts more than a few seconds

Step 2: shift their emotions / shift the state of consciousness

  • Request a moment of silence

  • Guided meditation

  • Lighting a candle, or other symbolic gesture.

  • Prayer

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