As the boat traverses the river to the realm of the dead, the souls have an opportunity to engage in polite conversation with Schiffer and the reapers. They speak of lingering attachments, the fear of death, and hopes for reincarnation. In this way, many of the souls come to terms with their passing. When all has been discussed, the vessel arrives on the shore of Hades. There the souls will await rebirth.
Schiffer is a German surname meaning "boatman", "bargee" or "skipper". Derived from Middle High German word schif "ship".