Old Believers believe that the dead can still feel for a time after their death.
For fear of waking the newly dead, mourning does not begin during the washing or dressing.
This ban did not stop people from employing the Devil to get their share of pleasure.
For men the usual aim was sex, but for women it could have been to get married, exact revenge, or regain a husband’s affection.
A person who dies a “bad” death, or a death “not their own,” died too soon before the time God assigned them.