Chapter 2: Respecting and responding to cultural practice and traditions

Declining to participate in a ritual

If you’ve established a position of trust, the family may invite you to participate in a religious or cultural ritual. It’s up to you to accept or decline based on your own beliefs. Whatever you decide, be sure to acknowledge the immense honour they’re extending to you. 

Conversation Prompts

If you decline, you might say:

I’m deeply honoured by your request, however it’s not going to be possible for me to join you.