I at least made a stab at the ritual on the day I finished ‘All the Way from the Top.’ It felt hollow, form from which the magical substance had departed, but I'd expected that. I didn't do it out of superstition but out of respect and love. A kind of memorial, if you will. Or, if you will, Johanna's real funeral service, finally taking place a month after she was in the ground.
form n. the particular way in which something appears or exists
substance n. the most basic or necessary part or quality of something : essence
depart v. to change something or do something in a different way
Question: Do these three definitions make sense in this case? If not, what do they mean?