What is sitting shivah? Who celebrates the Day of the Dead? Why do Sikhs share a meal after a funeral? This book looks at different funeral traditions from burials to cremations. The Hindu and Buddhist belief of reincarnation is discussed. A variety of mourning rituals are investigated, including the donation of food and money to the poor. New and non-religious funerals, such as the pagan-style rituals of the humanists, and the environmentally conscious green burials, are also explored.
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Why do we have funerals? Jewish funerals Muslim funerals Maori funerals Christian funerals Buddhist funerals Sikh funerals Hindu funerals Air and sea burials Remembering the dead Dancing at funerals Ancestor worship New and old traditions.