On February 21, 2004, when Dafa practitioners from Dehui City, Jilin Province heard the news that fellow practitioner Ms. Jiang Dexian had been tortured to death in Changchun City's Heizuizi Female Prison, we were all greatly saddened. Only a couple of days earlier, we'd learned from the Internet that she was on the verge of death. During those few short days, her life was taken away. She was only 34 years old.
Facing the fierce persecution occurring in Dehui City, her righteous thoughts and behavior are still fresh in our minds. Facing the illegal trial, her voice saying, "Falun Dafa is Good" frightened the evil forces and seem still to be sounding. However, she is no longer with us. She guarded the universal truth with her life, exposed the lies and aroused people's righteous thoughts and conscience. We decided to hold a memorial ceremony for her, clarify the truth about the persecution against her and Falun Dafa to local people, expose the evil and provide salvation to people.
Ms. Jiang used to live in Dafangshen Town, Dehui City. About 40 practitioners brought a flower wreath and some colored paper. We rented three vehicles and drove to her hometown. We were going to make some large lotus flowers to put in front of Ms. Jiang's grave to express our respect.
We took off at 11:30am. We all held white flowers bouquets to memorialize her death, and looked somber and compassionate. A little after 12pm, we arrived at Ms. Jiang's grave. We first respectfully presented our wreath, with poems written by Dafa practitioners entitled, "Providing Salvation to All Beings to Fulfill Your Great Wishes. Your Mighty Virtue will Stay in the Human World Forever." etc. We then went to her home.
Her father-in-law was very touched by our arrival and shook hands with every one of us. He looked very old and weary because of his great sorrow. There were many people in the room. They were all Ms. Jiang's relatives and neighbors. Ms. Jiang's mother-in-law was lying on the bed. She fainted twice due to her great sorrow of losing her daughter-in-law. She started telling us about her. The elderly lady told us that since practicing Falun Dafa, Ms. Jiang treated her parents in law like her own parents. She was hardworking, full of filial piety, honest and kind. She was always ready to help others. All the neighbors praised her as being a good daughter-in-law and a good woman. While speaking to us, the elderly lady could not help crying. Ms. Jiang's teenage daughter also cried, and everyone was in tears.
We talked to everyone there about the evil persecution against Falun Dafa and explained the facts. They all listened to us seriously and nodded their heads. Over ten practitioners started making lotus flowers in the room but it was too crowded, so some neighbors invited us to their home and listened to us clarifying the truth. Around 2:00pm, 9 large and beautiful lotus flowers were completed with pink petals, green leaves and yellow centers. The people who got to know the truth were all very happy.
At 2:30pm, the memorial ceremony began. Since there were so many people, we organized two lines. Dafa practitioners held the lotus flowers and walked in front, attracting the attention of many people. Many stopped to watch. We came to the place where Ms. Jiang's cinerary casket was buried. It was very close the road. We set the 9 lotus flowers in a circle. Ms. Jiang's family held their memorial ceremony. Dafa practitioners formed three rows and did Heshi [Two hands join in front of chest in a sign of respect]. One practitioner made a speech on behalf of all practitioners expressing our sorrow and respect. Then we bowed three times and shouted together, "Falun Dafa is good! Falun Dafa is the righteous way!" After the ceremony, we looked back and saw the 9 lotus flowers fresh, pure and sacred.