“Death is the last intimate thing we ever do”
-Laurell K. Hamilton
Like everything on this earth our life is transient too. We take birth on this beautiful planet, and throughout our lifetime make memories, fulfill our material and carnal desires, and then we leave this place, all alone.
During our lifetime all the attachments we make and all the people we know, it’s quite natural that someone’s demise becomes a thing of mourning for those who are related to him or her. So in almost every culture around the world it is common for the near and dear ones of a demised person to arrange a funeral ceremony for him or her. A funeral is a ceremony or service that is held for a few days after the person’s demise where people gather to pay their last regards. It involves cremation or burial depending on the religion that particular person followed. There are a lot of rituals associated with a funeral and they differ significantly from one another in various religions.
The Hindu religion believe in cremation where the corpse is placed in a wooden pyre and the pyre is set on fire with a burning wooden log, usually carried by the person’s son or other male relatives. After the corpse has been burned to ashes, the ashes are collected in a steel pitcher and there are a whole lot of yajnas and other rituals performed around it. Finally, the ashes are immersed in some river or the sea.
In other religions such as Islam and Christian, the demised person is buried under the ground. A casket or a coffin is arranged in which the corpse is placed and then the coffin is lowered into a freshly made hole in the ground and is then covered up with soil.
In the Jewish tradition, mourners are required to recite the prayer “Dayen HaEmet”. Another religion that allows the body to be cremated is Buddhism. During the cremation, monks may be present reciting chants. The funeral may be held on third, seventh, forty-ninth or hundredth day after the death.
Irrespective of what religion one follows, there is no denying the fact that death is a painful experience, not only for the person who experienced it but even more so for those who are related to the demised.
During this time of mental turmoil, the least one wants is to worry about taking care of the rituals and traditions, running around making arrangements for the last rights of the person. So in order to make dealing with this ordeal a little easier there are funeral services that offers to take care of all the necessary arrangements that need to be made, in return for a certain fee. They arrange everything from the van to carry the corpse to making bookings for the cremation ground or arranging the funeral ceremony, they take care of it all. A funeral director has an important role to play in everything that is related to a funeral service, from notifying the concerned federal insurance agency about the death to embalming a dead body. Embalming is a cosmetic process through which the body is prepared for burial in the casket.