DEAD, Really DEAD and Really Really DEAD

A shaman heals both the living and the dead. In healing those who died, the shaman performs a psychopomp ceremony in which the shaman guides the dead to cross over into the light, which is a peaceful place of healing. The ceremony may also include clearing a home or land of spirits that are in a state of unrest.

The Shaman’s helping spirits lead the deceased soul to the next world, communicating and getting information from the dead. Also one’s ancestors can be contact in order to receive helpful information and guidance.

In Shamanic lingo a psychopomp is a guide who escorts souls to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased but simply to provide safe passage. The term originates from the Greek words pompos (conductor or guide) and psyche (breath, life, soul, or mind). The Greek God Hermes, who was a conductor of souls into the afterlife, was a psychopomp.