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Why do they celebrate death in some countries

5 months ago

Why do they celebrate death in some countries  - Everhere Obituary Blog

Each person’s reaction to death is a personal expression of grief and hope. Grief for the loss of those who are left behind, and hope that the decedent’s journey to the afterlife is a joyous one are varied based on a variety of factors. Indeed, the way a culture looks at funeral passages is a reflection of the way they think about death culturally, religiously, and their place in the afterlife. Understanding culturally different ways to deal with death and loss is an excellent way to enrich our own perspective of how best to deal with the loss of a loved one.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Perhaps the most famous example of a culture celebrating the afterlife is found in Mexico’s celebration of ’The Day of the Dead.’ Celebrated on November 2, the Day of the Dead eschews morbidity in favor of a celebration for those who have already taken the lonely passage into the unknown. The day’s festivities are characterized by visits to cemeteries and an exchange of sugar skeletons and skulls among family members. Viewed as a passage of the dead, and a celebration of their life, funerals and wakes in Mexico are centered upon the family, and children are encouraged to take part in each aspect of the funeral.

Asian Buddhism

Throughout Asia, the idea of life and death occupying separate realms from one another is not accepted. Indeed, they view death as the next phase of a continuing journey. It is hard to grieve for someone when you know that they are on the next logical path of their life’s journey. When Tibetan Buddhists die for instance, the funeral rites last 49 days, and encompasses seven cycles of a transitional state that manifests itself in the final rebirth of the person into their next physical manifestation. Rather than grieving the loss of a loved one, they celebrate the new opportunities for happiness that their loved one has as they move through the next stage of their life.

The Lakota Sioux

The Lakota Sioux have a straight forward approach to death that is best symbolized in their saying, ’Be kind to your brother, for someday he will die.’ This straightforward appraisal recognized that death is a natural part of life, so anger and denial is a pointless exercise when it comes to preparing their loved ones for life in the hereafter. Under their belief system, upon dying, all living creatures enter into a neutral spirit land that it is said that the soul inhabited before birth. Since the Lakota believe that a person’s true character emergence in death, family members work to lead a virtuous life in the year following the death.