For most Pagans, death is a transition to a new stage of life rather than the end of the soul's cycle. Most Pagans believe in some form of reincarnation. After death, your soul goes to the Summerlands, or another spirit plane, to process the lessons of your previous life. When your soul is ready, it will reincarnate in a new body. Some people believe that babies hold memories of their previous lives, but those memories are soon pushed out by all the new information they must assimilate. Even though you forget your past life, your soul retains the lessons it's learned so far. This is why some people are called “old souls”; they seem to have a great deal of wisdom and knowledge that can only have been gained through several lifetimes on earth.
Most Pagans don't fear death, but it's still not an easy process, especially when it involves a great deal of suffering. If you are terminally ill, you could hold a releasing ceremony to honor your willingness to sever your current ties to the earthly plane. If you are well, but approaching an age when death becomes likely at any time, you could hold a ceremony to celebrate everything you have accomplished in your life.
Although they focus on the deceased, funerals and memorials are not about death, they are about life. Funerals allow your friends and family members to celebrate your life. They also help your survivors cope with your loss and how it impacts their lives.
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Today (May 18th) was Mike's celebration of Life between 1-4 pm and I had to work. My thinking when things don't go my way is - it is what it is. On break I mentioned to a co-worker I couldn't believe his friends and family were gathered just across the bridge and I was here. I was so touched by what she did for me. She came to help me finish up and told me another co-worker was doing my side work. It meant a lot to me that these two women cared enough to step in so I could get done before four. It made the situation a little more happy than sad.