What is Transition Planning?
Transition planning dates back to the early cultures of Africa. Back then it was known as “rites of passage” A rite of passage is a ceremony that marks the end of one phase of a person’s life and ushers the person into another phase of life. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, rites of passage does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births, adulthood, forming relationships, becoming parent for the first time, ending of relationships, from working life to retirement, endings or death). They also had transition-punctuated concepts of the lifetime which prepared people to expect transitions to come along at certain times. Those societies, in short, regularly and repeatedly dramatized the transition process, which was the way that how-the-way-things-had-been ended in a kind of death, and a new way-things-are-going-to-be took its place through a sort of birth. Through those dramatizations, people grew familiar with transition and learned how to handle it. You and I can wish that we had such rituals but unfortunately, we don’t. So, we are going to have to learn to do individually and consciously for ourselves what once was done for people automatically and collectively by their society. Transition planning is the way to help you let go of your outlived life stage-whatever life stage may be, and prepare for the challenges and the opportunities the future holds for you.