CLATSKANIE - "The loss of an infant or child opens a well of profound sorrow," notes Ryushin Creedon, registrar of Great Vow Zen Monastery and the Zen Community of Oregon. To help families and friends in their process of grief, Great Vow honors their lost children by participating in a ceremony in the Jizo Bodhisattva remembrance garden at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Jizo Bodhisattva is regarded as a caretaker of women, travelers, and children who have died, said Creedon.

Ceremony participants will spend time making a personal memorial for their child; many people bring a picture of the child or other personal tokens of remembrance. These memorials are left in the garden and can be revisited. The ceremony is very simple, and is done in silence. There is no charge, and the event is open to anyone of any religious affiliation. Abbot Jan Chozen Bays will conduct the service.

For information, call (503) 728-0543 or e-mail (registrar@greatvow.org). Great Vow Zen Monastery is located at 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road.

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