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International Funeral Rites And Customs

By Alta Alexander

Making plans for funerals is not something unique to the United States or western cultures. There has always been rites and ways to celebrate and honour the passage of life into death. They have around as long as humans have been in existence. Most of the funeral rites are rooted in various regions. International funeral customs that still exist today have become a means of unique celebrations for various countries and cultures.

In as much as funeral plans differ depending on cultures, there does not exist a universal demand plan for a funeral. There are differing customs as observed with varying international localities. For the Chinese, the bigger the number of attending people, the higher the luck a family attains. Attending numbers represent the level of prosperity the deceased shall attain in their afterlife. This leads to hiring of mourners to grace funeral ceremonies for those that can afford this.

In the Philippines and for the Pilipino around the world, funerals last for days, a minimum of three to as many as seven. Many people in attendance for the ceremony remain until the entire ceremony is over. Concerning Haitians, a deceased persons family members take full responsibility for a large part of the funeral planning. This involves dressing or preparing the deceased body in readiness for burial. Displays or expressions of grief have need suppression until all the possessions a departed owned have left their home.

During Amish community funerals, the entire town or village shares the event. Most of the families make the choices where traditional funeral planning takes place at the funeral home. They focus on simplicity where a simple box made of wood is used. There is also no cosmetic work done on the deceased. Other things such as ornate gravestones, flowers or even mourning dress codes are a bare minimum.

Members of the Thai community observe almost universal cremation funeral rites. Their customs have certain distinct actions such as placing of coins on a deceased mouth by their family. White threads tie the feet and hands of the deceased. Money, candles and flowers adorn the deceased hands. Additionally, monetary gifts and flowers go on to a cremation pyre.

For the traditional Bolivians customs, there are certain unique traits not seen elsewhere in the world. These include having entirely separate cremation ceremonies for the deceased clothes. This rite releases the soul of the departed deceased into the after world according to Bolivian believes.

In most cases, funeral rites observed internationally are merely extensions of plans most people know about. There also exists a collective reverence for deceased as well as close attention personal items they left behind. The ceremony gives friends and families an opportunity to get together as they mourn despite where everyone shall be respectively traveling.

Incorporation of traditional and religious rites is a means for personalizing funeral-planning efforts. In most cases, the ceremony helps families place bigger emphasis on wishes and beliefs held by the deceased. In efforts to adhere to the time-honoured rites and practices, people sometimes instruct their families on how to go about their funerals. Other incorporate them in their wills.

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