I was blind-folded, dressed in cotton apparel, and placed on the earth/ ground in a room specially sanctified for that purpose. My mourning ritual had a stipulated time/ period which ran from days to weeks depending on spiritual direction.
Mourning follows the symbolic representation according to the Book of Daniel 10 (from the Holy Bible). In those days Daniel was mourning three full weeks to address the issues of his city. For my experience, I ate no pleasant bread. Soon enough, it led me to a closer walk with God. It was my path to finding my spiritual self and finding my purpose.