Death is the ultimate mystery. it captures every essence of humanity. It is spiritual and physical, as well as mental. In this, society has attempted to understand the true nature of death and how to face it. Through this, multiple rituals have developed over the centuries to help the individual, as well as the family, to face death. In this, we can come to a true understanding why we as a society need death rituals.
The article, “Why we need end-of-life ritual” looks into this important aspect of Pastoral Care of the dying and why it is needed in society.
The article states, “Rituals help people to mark and make sense of the big life changes that we all go through, such as births, marriages and deaths. Rituals work when the people involved understand what is going on. For example, for a non-religious parent, it may make sense to have a secular baby-naming ceremony, rather than a religious christening or baptism to welcome their baby to the community.”
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