In the Unification faith, the Sunghwa ceremony has three basic phases:
1) Ghihwan, meaning “returning to joy,” which is the farewell greeting that the immediate family, trinity members, and close friends share with the elevated spirit.
2) Sunghwa, meaning “ascension and harmony” or “joyful ascension,” which is the service held for the elevated spirit by family and friends and is similar to a memorial service.
3) Wonjeon, meaning “returning home to the palace,” which is the ceremony at the burial site
The National Wonjeon Shrine
in Washington, DC, is a national monument for departed ones to be cherished
and honored by relatives and descendants, and a permanent holy garden for
family visits, prayer, meditation, and holy day celebrations.