Funeral Service Traditions From Around the World

When thinking about a funeral service, we often share the same idealization of friends and relatives sharing a seat in the church pew while the preacher recites prayers, sharing tears and memories throughout the service. 

At Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Services, we view the homegoing as a celebration of life and a return home to our Creator. This is a time where friends and family rejoice in the life the deceased’s impact on the world and celebrate their soul going home to be with the Lord. Culture greatly influences funeral practices where each reflects their values and beliefs. Explore funeral service traditions from around the world and learn how others view death. 

Jazzy New Orleans Funeral

Funerals in New Orleans leave a memorable impression where those who are grieving their loved one are led by a boisterous marching band. A band will play songs of grief as family members lay the body to rest, followed by joyful songs towards the end of the service. Cathartic dancing, an experience where individuals release emotions and seek purification, is part of the funeral service tradition to show respect to the life lost.

Burial Beads in South Korea

Traditionally, Korean culture was known for keeping the descendents body at home for three to seven days, depending on the season. When it was time for the funeral service, close family members would move the casket from the house to the cemetery, as they believed the house doorway was the line between the living world and the afterlife. In modern times, a funeral home in South Korea now fully prepares the body.  However, a law was passed in year 2000 for bodies to be removed from their grave after 60 years due to lack of space. Because of this, most families opt for cremation services where the ashes are pressed into colorful jewelry-like beads that are kept in an urn.

African Fantasy Coffins 

In Ghana, Africa, people wish to be buried in a casket that reflects their lifestyle, work, or something they were passionate about. Examples of this include a casket shaped as a Bible for someone who attended church and a casket designed as a fish for a fisherman. These caskets are designed with precision and care, as this reflects who their loved one was and their personality. It’s a significant part of the tribute made by friends and family to make sure the casket is a proper vehicle for going home.

No matter how your family wants to mourn the loss of a loved or celebrate the life lived, Diehl-Whittaker understands the need for unique and special ceremonies to say goodbye. Come in and talk with us to pre-plan your services and discuss the perfect ceremony for your family.

Diehl-Whittaker is a funeral service in Columbus, Ohio who makes every effort to reflect the quality of your loved one’s life. 

The care your family deserves, at a cost your family can afford. Contact us today for burial packages, cremation packages, and pre-planning assistance. 

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