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Grief and relief: tradition, culture and religion

In this fast-forward world, it can seem that grief should have a ‘best before’ date. It can be uncomfortable – for those grieving and those around. Grief can also be exhausting and stressful and relentless. Considering few of us are spared the knife-cut that comes with the sorrow of loss, there are time-honoured rituals and traditions that help on the road to softening suffering. Christian For Christians, a wake includes visitation – seeing the body – and, after the funteral, gathering to pray for and celebrate the life of the deceased. From: The Light Beyond Jewish In the Jewish tradition “Sitting Shiva’ is 7 days of mourning during which time the bereaved is (are) never alone: Our sages allocate days one through three for crying, and days four through seven for eulogizing. After that, one does not mourn excessively, but follows a grieving process that gradually diminishes. Ideally all of the direct mourners sit shiva in the house of the deceased, for it says, “Where a person lived, there does his spirit continue to dwell.” Thus the presence of the person who has passed away is strongest in his own home From: Chabad.org Indigenous There are  many pre-death rituals to help the the dying on their journey and also to help those left behind:. It was very touching to see that at the end of the funeral where the burial.. the sun dance drum ent to sing that last song for her. I’ts calld the Traveller’s SSong.. it’s a beautifl son, a beautiful song and it’s her journey back to the spirit world I think [that kind of ]...

Funerals: rites, rituals and traditions

We’ve been sending off our loved (or not so loved) ones since the beginning of time. While our End is always the same (dead is dead, however the end may have come) the rites, rituals and traditions take on as many different forms as there are cultures. Long-standing tho these may be, new ones are being created. In this age of environmental consciousness, Cracked.com reminds traditional burials are not the most pro-Earth way of leaving the planet, especially if your body is full of embalming fluid and your coffin is made of lead-lined processed wood. An eco-friendly idea is planted: “Become a Tree” The Bios Urn is “a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose” which comes with a tree seed. After you die, someone packs your remains into the thing and presto – you start to grow.  And hey, with the interest in Vampires, from Funerals to Die For – here’s an oldie but goodie  method to protect yourself: In the late 1800s, New Englanders would gulp down a cocktail of water and their family member’s ashes in order to keep them from returning as vampires. For more modern (traditions in the making?) funerals, here’s a thot: The remains of a loved one can be launched into deep space for only $1,000. Fascinating funeral traditions from around the world From Matator Network: In Tibet and Mongolia – where the frozen ground is a factor, making in-ground burial too hard – their ‘dust to dust’ ritual is a Sky Funeral, where the body is blessed then left as food, in some cases its dogs, in others...