Burden Boat Ceremony at Carilion

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The Carilion Healing Arts Program held a unique ceremony to help people let go of stress.

The Burden Boat Ceremony symbolizes burdens being taken away.
People write what’s bothering them on a piece of paper. It’s then placed in the boat, and burned.

“They burn through the twine that’s holding these burden bags, the burden bags fall, and that signifies the release of the burdens,” said Katie Biddle, Carilion Healing Arts Program Coordinator.

The Healing Arts Program does this ceremony several times per year.

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