Engaging in rituals maintains a sense of sacredness in people by placing their lives within the context of being a part of something greater than themselves and a sense of belonging. Rituals encourage a sense of emotional freedom, which assists in making sense of change and transformation. The activities of the rituals help people to remember that we are all part of a greater whole, and within that greater whole is a safe space where we can give or receive support in difficult times. They give us hope that there is ‘something more’ to rely on when we can no longer make sense of life.
Through rituals, the Divine is experienced as not simply an abstract theoretical principle, but as the transcendent core that unites humankind and the rest of the world.