Sittin' Up With The Dead Ritual Oil, for Ancestral Communication. 2 dram amber glass vial with dropper. Fragrance is homey, welcoming, and comforting
For anointing your ancestral altar, dressing candles, calling on your ancestors, spirits, and guides for their assistance. For honoring those who have gone before us and asking for their guidance, wisdom, comfort, help, and protection.
A little more about the southern custom of sitting up with the dead:
I remember my Mom and my Granny talking about "sitting up with the dead". In the south, it was a common tradition when someone passed away, to sit up with them throughout the night before the funeral. This doesn't mean that the deceased body was actually sitting up, mind you. It means that the body was "laid out" (Or prepared for the funeral) in the living room, similar to a wake, or a viewing (which is what we now have at a funeral home the day/evening before the funeral).
The front room (parlor) of the house was used to let visitors, family, and friends pay their respects to the deceased and the family. Because this room in any household was typically used for this purpose, it became known as the "mourning room". Nowdays we call it the "living room", because it was a place for the living to pay their respects to the deceased.
Why did the family/friends of the deceased sit up all night with the deceased? Some say it is because before the days of funeral homes and the ability to preserve the body, it was necessary to keep the vermin away from the body.
Other reasons were that the family wanted to spend as much time as they could with their deceased loved one before they were "put away" (or buried). I suppose I can understand wanting to spend just a few more hours in the living room, saying final goodbyes and feeling as though you have just a few more moments with them, and to let the deceased loved one know that you still want them to be there among family and friends.
Our ancestors are always with us to help, guide, comfort, and protect us. Let them know they are welcome and communicate with them.
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