Spirituality and healing to the Garifuna cannot be separated, and are therefore treated as one in the same. The ceremonial healing practices of our people have always been wholesome and nature based. We believe all illness is caused by a blocked connection between us and the wisdom of the Ancestors. Any type of suffering can mean that something between the realm of man and the realm of spirit requires attention and needs adjustment.
Garifuna theology of the afterlife has its own structure that explains matters within a framework dictated by our culture. When we die, our life force (Uwani) merges back into the Universe and returns to its source, which is God. Our physical body merges back with the Earth and returns to its source, which is dust. Setting the double spirit (Áfurugu) free to travel to Seiri; that imaginary line where the sea meets the sky in the distance, and where the souls of our ancestors end up, after they have been washed purified in prayerful ceremony. Setting the Afurugu free is the ultimate goal of every ancestral ceremonial offering.