What are rituals
and why do we need them? When we grieve in the face of a profound loss, we
search for meaning and healing. Where can we search for meaning? How can we
find healing? One of the paths into healing - into wholeness - is through
Rituals are a powerful component in our relationship to healing
through loss. Ritual gives us act of participation in the face of events where
we feel utterly helpless and passive.
Yes, we are all different and
our needs in the face of loss will reflect that, however, we must try to form a
framework to at least guide us through the times of our grief. This framework
is as valid for someone whose home has burned down as for someone newly
diagnosed with an illness or someone dealing with death or suicide.
Contact your bereavement counsellor for help with putting rituals
together. Rituals are also known as grief exercises and are both beneficial and healing.