What's in a Funeral?

Dove Release

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Make a funeral or memorial service special with an extra touch of peace and love. Dove releases can be the perfect ending to a funeral and a symbolic start to letting go of a passed loved one’s spirit. With the help of White Doves R Us Ian J. Arthur & Sons can give your loved […]

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Balloon Releases

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Balloon releases have become popular to celebrate a life and symbolise letting go of a passed loved one. Balloon releases are seen as an outlet for the spirit to carry on. At the end of a ceremony, it is a marvellous gesture to create an angelic and charming display.  You should note if you choose […]

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Tinguian Village, Philippines

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There are many many different funeral traditions for Filipino people. This Filipino tradition grabbed my attention as being much different than anything I could have imagined. The Tinguian village people take funerals very serious. After someone dies their body is “bathed so that the soul may be clean” (Cole, Gutenberg p. 282). After they have […]

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Tibet Sky Burial

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Sky burials are unlike anything in this world. The ritual is closely related to the Tibetan ideals of Buddhism. It is their belief that if the body is given back to the earth that it will rid the body of any sin and their soul will go on to a peaceful “paradise” afterlife. They give the […]

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Chinese Buddhist Funeral Traditions

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Something I found interesting about Chinese Buddhist funeral customs is that the funeral was carried out differently depending on the age and social status of the deceased. It is important to remember that China is a very large place where there are thousands of different customs that the citizens practice. These traditions from the Chinese […]

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Tana Toraja, Eastern Indonesia

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Tana Toraja is talked about a lot in recent blogs about obscure funeral traditions. They are talked about because of the way they celebrate their loved ones passing. It is quite unusual. In a TedX talk done by Kelli Swazey, she mentions the Torajans as this is part of her husband’s ancestry. They have mostly converted […]

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Greater Accra Region Ghana Crazy Funeral Coffins

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In Ghana they take funerals very serious as to properly respect and honour their loved ones when they pass. Like many funerals the amount of mourners that attend illustrates their status. The people of Ghana spend large sums of money on funerals sometimes more than $20,000. In an article from CNN they even say that […]