As Pagans, we acknowledge that endings are part of the cycle, part of the Whole. Some endings can be prevented; others cannot, or even should not, be prevented. Some endings are joyous, although even their sweetness is often spiced with wistfulness and nostalgia. Some endings are angry, ugly, wrenchingly painful. Some are simple. Some are complex and dangerous passages that can bring us to very different outcomes depending on the skill with which we navigate them.

     This material is not about preventing endings. It's about managing them well, so they bring the least harm and the greatest good both to those who depart and those who remain, and to our precious web of community.

     Any ending, however difficult or painful, can be used as an opportunity for learning and growth, an opening into the next adventure. Blessed be all the twistings and turnings of the Paths that lead us Home!

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