Why are mourning rituals so important?
Understanding the importance of mourning rituals
The rituals or ceremonies surrounding the death of a loved one offer moments of gathering and sharing that can help soothe the pain and anxiety related to grief. Time is taken to pay tribute to the deceased in very personal ways. There can be photographs, tribute readings, balloon release memorials, heartfelt music, etc. The day’s events should consider the wishes of the deceased as well as those of the family.
Rituals are soothing in times of grief
Grief is a long process that is different for each person. Depending on the circumstances, some people may experience episodes of shock along with spells of deep suffering. These episodes may be ongoing or come in cycles. One must adapt to the void and the pain left by the loss of a loved one. In this sense, rituals allow to move forward in the grieving process. Obviously, the death of someone you love is a loss that will be felt throughout your entire life. However, the words and gestures in the time following the event help to transform the pain within into a reassuring inner presence.
Rituals reassure those left behind
Gathering to sing, pray, talk or simply remember is an intense, sometimes stressful moment that will bring comfort perhaps only when reflecting back on it later. Death is becoming less prepared and less experienced as a family unit. In fact, denial often takes over as death is a painful subject to think or talk about. Creating a moment of separation with the deceased is therefore crucial. This is the role played by rituals.
Funeral celebrations pay tribute to the deceased according to their wishes and the wishes of close ones
Rituals have evolved, allowing for much more personalized experiences. You are free to create the most appropriate experience for the final goodbye. Strict customs have given way to ceremonies tailored to the traditions and values cherished by the deceased and their family. Les Sentiers understands the importance and significance of rituals within the grieving process and offers virtual or in-person meetings with specialists to talk and provide guidance and support. Sophie Chartrand, Bereavement Support Specialist, and Suzie Prénovost, Funeral Officiant, are readily available to guide and support customers through this difficult time.