Religious Funeral and Mourning Rituals
Rituals and traditions can help to provide comfort, support, and structure to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. These rituals are often an important part of the funeral planning process , but may also play a role long before or after the funeral or burial services are complete. Keep reading to take a closer look at some of the religious funeral and mourning rituals used throughout the world today.
According to Buddhist beliefs, while the death of the body is inevitable, it is simply a single step in the cycle of reincarnation on the path to enlightenment. Buddhist funeral services typically include cremation of the deceased, followed by a 49-day period of prayers meant to help the spirit of the deceased transform and discover the nature of death in preparation for rebirth.
Hinduism also focuses on death as part of a continuing cycle of rebirth. Hindus observe a ritual cremation ceremony, followed by a mourning period during which mourners do not attend religious ceremonies and keep religious photographs or artifacts in the home covered.
The Catholic religion views death as the passage from a limited physical life into an unending spiritual afterlife. Catholic funeral traditions include the holding of a funeral mass, called the Mass of the Resurrection; funeral services may also include a wake or a non-religious memorial ceremony, during which the deceased is honored and eulogized. According to religious tradition, Catholics should be buried in a Catholic cemetery; when cremation is preferred, the cremains should be interred.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory, we can help you incorporate your religious and personal beliefs into a funeral or memorial service that celebrates the life of your loved one. Our funeral home and crematorium in Tacoma offer funeral planning and pre-planning services, as well as burial services, cremation services , and grief counseling for families in mourning. You can find out more about us when you visit us online, or reach us by calling (253) 584-0252.