What Are Mourning Rituals?

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As mourning is an important part of grief after a service at a funeral home in Lansing, MI, and mourning rituals are symbolic activities that help ease the pain of loss and the heavyweight of grief, you should look into forming rituals of your own.

 

Mourning rituals, traditionally based in religion, like the catholic funeral service or the Jewish shiva, help those in grief connect with others over the loss and find support in one another. However, as classic religion is on the decline, many people are looking to other places for their mourning rituals. You can use these modern mourning rituals if you’re looking for inspiration for a ritual of your own:

  • Host a Giveaway Ritual – Some ancient cultures would host a “giveaway” in which they would each take a piece of the deceased’s possessions to use as their own. You can do a modern version of this in which you go through and donate the deceased’s possessions to other grieving people.
  • Write Letters – There are often many things left unsaid when someone dies. A healthy way to say those unsaid things is to write a letter to the deceased. You can bury the letter with your loved one, burn it to release the feelings, or hold onto it for later remembrance.
  • Burn Sage – Sage burning is another very traditional ritual. Sage has long been associated with cleansing and can therefore help you feel like you’ve aided the deceased in their passing or can assist in cleansing away negative emotions.
  • Carry a Remembrance Item – You can carry an item that belonged to or reminds you of the deceased and help you remember that they are always with you. Remembrance items can be anything, such as a watch, handkerchief, lighter, or piece of jewelry.
  • Cook the Deceased’s Favorite Meal – Food brings people together, especially in hard times. Cooking the deceased’s favorite meal and then sharing it with others allows you to honor their memory and connect with those that are also grieving the loss.
  • Light a Candle – Candles have a long history of being associated with both rituals and grief. Take this tradition and make it your own by lighting a candle for the deceased at a certain time of day, a special date, or whenever you need to feel connected to them.
  • Create an Altar – Though altars are traditionally more Eastern, they have recently become more and more popular in Western cultures. An altar for your lost loved one can be anything from a collection of meaningful items to an array of photos, candled, and incense.

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  • Create Art – Coloring a picture, painting or sculpting is a wonderful way to release feelings of grief and loss. Create in the deceased’s memory in whatever medium feels comfortable to you.

 

These are simple yet powerful mourning rituals you can use after a loved one’s death. Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care is here to help if you want more information on mourning rituals or Lansing, MI funeral home services. You can stop by and visit us or give us a call today for more information on what we can do for you.

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