Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Our Altar

Partial View of Altar in my Room

In every home we stayed in for a length of time, Scott created an altar with natural pieces he found on our travels. A piece of driftwood, feathers, stones, an abalone shell. Each altar represented the four elements: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. 

When Scott passed away, I slept under his altar for weeks until I left the mountain. Carefully, I removed the pieces of his altar and packed them when I left. 

Here, at my temporary home for the next few months, I put his altar back together again. I added pieces of my own to it. Flowers, a candle, a personal item of Scott's. 

Every morning, I light the candle on the altar. I touch his altar, our altar and bless it. 

When David, my brother, passed away I created an altar for him. I wish, now, that I had created one for all the animals I have lost. I think it would have helped me during the grieving process instead of shutting down.

I imagine, now, I will always have an altar when I am at home for awhile like Scott did. Scott will always be a part of my altar and I will add and take away pieces as life moves along always keeping some of Scott's pieces with me.


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