FUNERAL RITES AND CEREMONIES IN THE DIFFERENT RELIGIONS
Funeral ceremonies are a way of expressing feelings such as love, admiration and affection through an exclusive ritual to loved ones who have left and a way of saying goodbye to them. This, which we have been doing since ancient times, has been changing over time, it is carried out according to the beliefs and religion of their relatives.
CELEBRATION OF A FUNERAL ACCORDING TO THE CATHOLIC RELIGION
Every Catholic, unless specifically excluded by norms of law, has the right to this ministry of the Church at the time of death.
First you should call the church to see what the availability and hours are. Arrangements for the Vigil, Funeral Mass, and Burial Rite will be made through the parish.
Christian symbols are the only ones that can be placed on or near the coffin during the funeral liturgy. National flags or insignia of associations must be removed from the casket before entering the church. They can be placed on the coffin once it has come out of the church.
A child, whom his parents wished to baptize, who dies before receiving baptism, is stillborn, or has died from a miscarriage, can receive the funeral rites of the Catholic Church.
Funeral rites can be celebrated when the deceased has committed suicide.
CELEBRATION OF A FUNERAL CEREMONY ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH RELIGION
Before the time comes, it is very important to accompany the person in their last moments, so that they can have a good time from the earthly world to the spiritual world.
Once he has passed away, and before the burial is celebrated, the corpse is washed for purification and wrapped in a white shroud. The men take care of the deceased men, and the women of the women.
Traditionally the Jews buried the body of the deceased directly without a coffin, but given how unhygienic this was, they had to change the rule, burying their deceased in coffins, in which no flowers are placed.
A six-pointed Star of David is placed at the head of the coffin. Those attending the ceremony put a stone on him, as a sign that they had been present at the farewell. In the Jewish religion cremation is prohibited, and burial is required on the ground.
CELEBRATION OF A FUNERAL CEREMONY ACCORDING TO THE MUSLIM RELIGION
An interesting aspect of the Muslim religion is that it believes in resurrection, not reincarnation. From this religion death is seen as the end of one stage and, in turn, the beginning of another.
After death, the deceased is placed on his right side, facing the Qibla, that is, the direction towards the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The corpse is washed, the women taking care of the women and the men of the men. His eyes are closed and his body is covered with white cotton cloth. The body will be buried facing Mecca and should never be cremated, since this religion forbids it.
Many supplications are made for the deceased and the reading of the Qur’an is dedicated to him, either in part or in full. In all cases, a quick burial and a simple funeral are recommended. The funeral is a time for the congregation of the family and acquaintances, remembering the good moments with the deceased person and forgiving them for their mistakes.
CELEBRATION OF A FUNERARY CEREMONY ACCORDING TO THE EVANGELICAL RELIGION
There is an element of sadness, of pain for the separation, but they are also times for hope and transcendence. The body of the deceased is veiled in the funeral home, where the religious leaders and members of the community will be present, since the evangelists are very close.
Before the burial there is a religious service, with songs and readings from the Bible. Sobriety prevails throughout the ceremony and simplicity is preferred. The important thing is the personal, solemn feeling, and not the superfluous ceremonial. There are no candles, no flowers, no crucifixes.
CELEBRATION OF A FUNERAL CEREMONY ACCORDING TO THE RELIGION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
Jehovah’s Witnesses regard death as a painful but honorable event according to scripture:
They think that death is more important than life.
Motivated by this, they do not consider it a bad thing to meet at what is known as the funeral, where those close to the deceased and relatives gather to see off the remains of the deceased. Some, instead of funeral homes, choose a kingdom hall for this meeting or funeral if it is a believer.