I took this off a funeral card at the Congregation Of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee, WI.

In loving Memory of Sharon Lotus Baily (Nov 27th, 1944 – Dec 30th, 2019) and her son Nemo Piano Baily (July 2nd 1982 – Jan 1s,t 2020).

In the Lakota/Sioux tradition, a person who is grieving is considered most wakan, most holy. There’s a sense that when someone is struck by the sudden lightening of loss, he or she stands on the threshold of the spirit world. The prayers of those who grieve are considered especially strong, and it is proper to ask them for their help.

You might recall what it is like to be with someone who has grieved deeply. The person has no protection, nothing left to defend. The Great Mystery is looking out through the person’s eyes. For the time being, he or she has accepted the reality of loss and has stopped clinging to the past or grasping at the future. In the groundless openness of sorrow, there is a wholeness of presence and a deep natural wisdom. PEACE TO YOU!


  1. I believe that our nation is going through this grieving process now. The prayers of the people are powerful. There is hope.


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