Year: 1997 Source: Omega, v.35, no.4, (1997), p.436-437 SIEC No: 19971375

Two books on the role of ritual as a therapeutic tool & the power of ritual applied to bereaved individuals are compared. Shorter’s book is a philosophical treatise on the psychological role of ritual that draws from a Jungian approach. Putter’s book is a hands-on approach that offers one-page descriptions of various rituals that could be therapeutic for bereaved persons. The power of ritual lies in the focus it gives to our transcending spiritual values, linking the person & the collective.