Life Passages and Ritual

"The primary work of a rite of passage is to ensure that we attend to such events fully, which is to say, spiritually, psychologically, and socially.  Unattended, a major life passage can become a yawning abyss, draining off psychic energy, engendering social confusion, and twisting the course of the life that follows it.  Unattended passages become spiritual sinkholes around which hungry ghosts, those greedy personifications of unfinished business, hover."

                                                                  "Deep in the Bone"  by Ronald Grimes