Funeral services and practices vary greatly according to the different religious beliefs, geographic regions, cultures and traditions of people around the world. However there are some similarities that can be found in most rituals including a viewing or visitation before burial for friends and family members to pay their last respects as well as an opportunity to say goodbye;
A funeral service usually takes place several days after death when digestive processes have ceased;
The body of the deceased is usually embalmed and dressed in their best clothes, unless specified by religious tradition;
Funeral services can range from very informal traditional events with only a few people present to large formal occasions where many mourners attend a church ceremony or gathering at a funeral home;
The body is washed, groomed, dressed (in fresh clothing) laid out with offerings such as food on plates in front of it & flowers placed by its side ;
It is then placed in a coffin or casket, which may be closed (traditional Western) open (traditionally Eastern and East Asia), covered with wreaths of flowers.
Simple prayers & readings from religious texts often take place, but more elaborate ceremonies are possible;
Many cultures lay the deceased to rest in a cemetery or on sacred ground. However some religions such as Hindus do not allow burial and require cremation instead.
Cremation in some cultures has long been the preferred means of disposition;
In addition to funerals, memorial services are also conducted for those who have died. These often include a gathering where prayers and speeches will be made in remembrance of the departed.
The new corpse must pass certain tests before it can qualify as an ancestor: The body must not show any marks of violence or illness which may suggest that they were murdered by evil spirits;
For example if someone dies from falling then their spirit cannot go on to become ancestors because they didn’t die with honor & courage like others do when killed in war (this is why people believe soldiers dying young never get reincarnated). There should be nothing suspicious about how death occurred so that there isn’t any confusion;
In addition to avoiding suggesting death by unnatural means, the person’s body should not be too old and it must have had children (to sustain future generations which will honor them).
The deceased is given a funeral service & then buried. The soul of the departed is escorted from this world by good spirits who lead their souls into heaven where they are free of all pain;
When someone dies in war–even though you might consider that as being brave and with courage-their spirit cannot go on to become ancestors because they died without dignity or respect. This idea implies that people believe soldiers dying young never get reincarnated. In regards to burial ceremonies there has been time when a woman’s hair was cut short for mourning rituals in certain regions of the world.
Additionally, there was once a time when in some cultures it was the tradition to place flowers on graves as an offering.