Funeral Customs

Funeral customs offer a powerful way to express grief, respect the deceased, and find comfort in tradition. We have provided an overview of many groups’ beliefs concerning death and the afterlife. We also discuss how they regard grief and the unique aspects of their funeral ceremonies and customs. We’ll help you explore how different cultures approach death and explore the rituals, symbols, and ceremonies that mark this significant life passage. Gain insight into the beliefs that underpin these traditions and learn how families honor their loved ones in unique and meaningful ways. Whether you're seeking to understand a specific culture's practices or broadening your perspective on death rituals, we can help guide you on this cultural exploration.

Funeral Customs Guide

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The desire to honor our dead is universal, but the way we do that is unique to our religious and ethnic heritage. The Guide to Funeral Customs provides insight into the ways various cultures celebrate the life and death of their loved ones. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of what to […]

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Funeral Customs by Religion, Ethnicity and Culture

Funeral Customs by Religion, Ethnicity and Culture Here you can learn what to expect when attending the funeral services of a different religion or culture. Information includes an overview of each group's beliefs concerning death and the afterlife. How they regard grief and unique aspects of their funeral ceremonies and customs are also discussed.

Islamic Funeral Customs and Service Rituals

The word “Islam” means the “achievement of peace with Allah [God] and man, and complete resignation to Allah in thoughts, words, beliefs, and deeds.” Moslems, the followers of the Islamic religion, live by the Koran. The Koran teaches: There is one God, Allah. There is a day of judgment and a life after death. God […]

Hindu Funeral Customs and Rituals

Note: Hindu funeral service rituals vary between sects and subsects. The following information is generalized to be representative of Hindu funeral customs and traditions. If you have specific questions relating to Hindu funeral customs for an individual sect, we recommend that you consult with your spiritual advisor. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the […]

Baha’i Funeral Customs and Rituals

Overall, Baha’i funeral customs are relaxed and designed to accommodate the personal preferences of the family. In general, they can be characterized by simplicity and flexibility. The customs are largely based on the faith’s teachings regarding consciousness and the soul and take into account the fact that people of the Baha’i faith come from a wide […]

Firefighter Funerals & Memorial Service Rituals and Customs

It is fitting and right that firefighters, who put their lives at risk daily for the public, should be given the proper respect upon their passing. A large part of this respect includes fire department traditions, which play an important role in honoring firefighters who have passed. Full military-style honors are accorded to those heroes who die in the line of duty.

Funeral Floral Arrangements: Symbolism and the Language of Flowers

In times of loss, words can be inadequate to express the depth of our emotions. That’s why we often turn to flowers to convey messages of solace, empathy, and remembrance. With that in mind, it is important to consider the symbolism associated with flowers when selecting funeral floral arrangements. The following is a brief overview […]

How To Personalize a Funeral or Memorial Service

Memorial services and funerals serve a number of purposes. They give us the chance to say goodbye and offer an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to start the journey through the grieving process. In the end, the key reason most of us go to the time and expense of holding a funeral […]

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