Tell Me A Story with Eddie Lenihan

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Episode 20 : The Care Of The Dead

Season 1, Ep. 20

Death has always been a mournful time. The transition from one world into another. In Ireland, the rituals and practices that surrounded a funeral and burial were both grand and precise. There was a respect there for the spirit of the dead person, and care was taken to ensure their passing was a marked event, grounded in both grief and celebration. The wake, the dressing of the body, and the digging of the grave all followed a line of tradition that allowed the community to experience their sorrow and protect the souls of the departed on their journey onwards.