Funerals or Memorials

Priests at Clouds in Water Zen Center are available to help you plan a traditional Zen service, or a service that has a Buddhist tone but is made by you and your family. This can be at the Zen Center or a place of your choice. Email ceremonies [at] cloudsinwater [dot] org for an outline that will help you plan a funeral service.

Memorial Services
A short service including offerings, chants and a dedication to the deceased can be done at Clouds in Water Zen Center or at a place of your choosing. Frequently this is done as part of a morning meditation at the Zen Center. Contact ceremonies [at] cloudsinwater [dot] org for more information.

These ceremonies are individualized according to your situation and needs. For members of Clouds in Water, these services are provided completely by donation. For non-members, we will suggest an amount based on the time involved in preparing and performing the ceremony. For funerals, the standard suggested donation is $500 (or $900 if it is to be at Clouds in Water Zen Center). For other ceremonies, we will determine a suggested donation based on $50 per hour of the priest’s time in preparing and performing the ceremony.

At Home Memorial Service Booklet 
You are welcome to do a chanting service at home in honor of your loved one. Traditionally, this is done every day for 49 days after a loved one’s death, but you can modify it however you like. click here for a link to a pdf of the booklet.