I love learning about different customs and rituals around the world, as death is a universal event that will happen to each of us. We cannot escape it, out run it, or outspend it. It is a fact, and it's imperative that we all start engaging in these conversations.
"This month’s conversation in our series exploring religion and death is with Jacob Kehinde Olupona, a professor of African religious traditions at Harvard Divinity School."
"Death as a palpable force looms large in the Yoruba religious and social consciousness. From cosmology to various ritual practices and genres of oral traditions such as proverbs, poetry and short stories are all brought to bear on the reality of death. Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty".
What would happen if we all chose to find a way to talk about death, dying and grief? Would we learn to be more comfortable with such events? Would we learn that these conversations are not taboo, but yet they are all a natural, fact of life?
Please reach out to begin your own journey with end of life matters.