“As we have responsibilities for the living, we have
responsibilities towards the dead”
The Significance of Death Rituals
Over the last century, certain significant rituals pertaining to the ‘journey beyond’ have lost their fundamental essence.
The process of death is not simply an abrupt ceasing of an individual’s existence; rather, it is a process that begins when a body is declared medically dead and continues afterwards for a minimum of 14 days. Understanding this, earlier generations took great care in creating the necessary situations to ensure a peaceful exit for their loved ones. Only in the last 100-150 years have these traditions become largely dormant, while what is left is generally corrupt and commercialized.