- By Helen
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Recently I saw the film Life of Pi. Having read the book several years back I was taken by the uniqueness of the story and the questions it raises by the creative imagination of the author to bring his characters and setting to belief.
A line from the film that resonated for me was about the importance of closure when Pi speaks about the abrupt departure between himself and a Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, after many weeks at sea together. “I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”
If you’re considering seeing the film have a look at the trailer for encouragement. watch?v=j9Hjrs6WQ8M
It doesn’t require a birth or death to desire closure; the end of a relationship, leaving a place that you have strong emotion for, leaving stages of our lives and entering new ones, leaving old thought and behaviour and embracing new ones. It is common to have some small or large recognition to the things we depart from that have had importance in our lives.
This is why we have and need ceremony around the beginning and end of a persons life, to greet them into the world and to say goodbye when they leave, something particular to humans, perhaps. Saying goodbye allows for our own responses to events such as birth and death and to celebrate their beginning and end.