I see it is lacking in a lot of other towns where we go. Others, such as the Navajo, would refuse to use the name of the person for at least a year after their death, in the belief that it would call back their spirit from the afterlife. However, in modern Australia, many Aboriginal families choose to use a funeral director to help them register the death and plan the funeral.
The custom of self-mutilation, with the drawing of blood to demonstrate depth of grief, continues in some places.
Some tribes would leave the body to naturally decompose in a tree or on a funeral platform, or by leaving an opening in the burial chamber so the spirit could escape.
This is an important aspect of our culture. To achieve an agreed decision within such large groups may take many days. Death rituals and funeral customs Many Native American death rituals are focused on providing the spirit with the things it needs to arrive safely at its destination.
Aboriginal people may share common beliefs, but cultural traditions can vary widely between different communities and territories. In the Northern Territory, where traditional Aboriginal life is stronger and left more intact, the tradition of not naming the dead is still more prevalent.
The value of having Indigenous people express their understanding of palliative care in their own way is well demonstrated in a published series of paintings by Aboriginal women artists Box.
We go there to meet people and to share our sorrows and the white way of living in the town is breaking our culture. As a result, religious ceremonies in honour of the Ancestors were a vital part of everyday life, to ensure the continuing good fortune of the community.