In the Hindu tradition, there is something we call Pitru Paksha or honouring our ancestors through food offerings. Why, one may ask. According to Hinduism, the souls of three preceding generations of one’s ancestor reside in Pitru–loka, a realm between heaven and earth. This realm is governed by Yama,, the god of death, who takes the soul of a dying man from earth to Pitru–loka. When a person of the next generation dies, the first generation shifts to heaven and unites with God, so Shraddha offerings are not given to them.
The fact is, many traditional cultures offer ceremonies to honor the ancestors recognising that illness or disease can arise from unresolved patterns in our family histories. Rituals attend to the past to create freedom from the fates of our ancestors. No matter what approach to healing we take, releasing the burdens of traumas, our own or those of our family history, increases our experience of belonging in the world.
Our transgenerational wounds are not the essence of who we are. Healing involves knowing that we are not alone, trusting that there is a path to greater freedom, and a willingness to feel our relationship to the suffering of our family lineage. Releasing the burdens of trauma we feel lighter and an increased experience belonging in the world. This is a gift we can pass on to the next generation.
Though this is primarily applicable to families, families make societies and then nations. So, for healing to be complete, healing has to be done for all to remove all boundaries and remain free and connected to a higher power.