Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs. And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place. I love all your examples. Has to be amber spyglass. Me and my other half listened to the audio book whilst travelling and I had forgotten this beautiful extract.
Thanks for putting my mind at rest! Hi, we got married last month and are both in our fifties. We really struggled to find a Reading that we liked. One evening I wrote my own! My fiancee liked it too so we used it. Here it is. But it resonated with us and with our friends….
Be careful with love. Be careful not to mistake momentary passion for love, but conversely… Be careful not to mistake a close, but ultimately unromantic friendship for love. Be careful too not to mistake security and companionship for love. Both have their merits but confusing them with love may not lead to fulfilment. Be careful to let your love flow and be transparent when it has found you. For suppressing it for fear of getting hurt is at best, wasteful and at worst you may miss the chance of true happiness.
Be careful of demanding that they tell you they love you. An empty pledge will hurt much longer than the moment you think it true. Be careful not to rush love or to rush the reciprocity of your love by another.
Be patient, for when you feel your love returned your joyous heart will more than reward your anxious wait. Be careful not to expect love to remain the same. Embrace its evolution, whilst never taking it for granted. Be careful to take a moment, to hold their hand, to look into their eyes, to tell them how you feel.
Not every day, lest it become routine. But when you stop rushing around, when you can take a deep breath and remind yourself of what truly matters. Be careful not to lose love. This is beautiful and so true! William, you deserve a wonderful married life together. Be happy and evolve! What a great website too! This is such a useful website and there are so many other really useful comments and gorgeous examples of readings.
Thank you! Can anyone please help…? From a very stressed out B2B x. I am trying to find a suitable reading for our daughter to read she is being her dads honorary best man girl. What about this? It means that you can have some kids Just like a mom and dad, And play with them all afternoon, Except when they are bad. I really like the classical 1 Corinthians verse. Is this reading actually acceptable at a UK civil ceremony? I loved seeing such lovely poems and extracts. This was the words we chose for our wedding 29 years ago. Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?
And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore, You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days, Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness And let the winds of heavens dance between you. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Hi, I am looking for a reading from Mother of the Bride — she wants something under the title of My Little Lady as that is what I call her. Hi all.
I hope you can come up with some suggestions for me. All ideas welcome. Thank you in advance. It summed up everything I wanted to say to my boy and his new wife, I got many lovely comments as well after the ceremony. Hope you find your perfect reading. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Sign me up for the monthly RMW Newsletter. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. During the funeral and at the burial service, the casket may be covered with a large arrangement of flowers, called a casket spray.
If the deceased served in a branch of the armed forces, the casket may be covered with a national flag; however, in the US, nothing should cover the national flag according to Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 8i.
If the funeral service is held in a church, the casket is normally covered in a white pall, which recalls the white garments of baptism. Funeral customs vary from country to country. In the United States, any type of noise other than quiet whispering or mourning is considered disrespectful. A traditional fire department funeral consists of two raised aerial ladders. Once there, the grave service includes the playing of bagpipes.
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The pipes have come to be a distinguishing feature of a fallen hero's funeral. Also a "Last Alarm Bell" is rung. A portable fire department bell is tolled at the conclusion of the ceremony. At a religious burial service, conducted at the side of the grave, tomb , mausoleum or cremation, the body of the decedent is buried or cremated at the conclusion. Sometimes, the burial service will immediately follow the funeral, in which case a funeral procession travels from the site of the memorial service to the burial site.
In some other cases, the burial service is the funeral, in which case the procession might travel from the cemetery office to the grave site. Other times, the burial service takes place at a later time, when the final resting place is ready, if the death occurred in the middle of winter. If the decedent served in a branch of the Armed forces, military rites are often accorded at the burial service.
In many religious traditions, pallbearers , usually males who are relatives or friends of the decedent, will carry the casket from the chapel of a funeral home or church to the hearse, and from the hearse to the site of the burial service. The pallbearers often sit in a special reserved section during the memorial service. Most religions expect coffins to be kept closed during the burial ceremony.
In Eastern Orthodox funerals, the coffins are reopened just before burial to allow mourners to look at the deceased one last time and give their final farewells. Greek funerals are an exception as the coffin is open during the whole procedure unless the state of the body does not allow it. Morticians may ensure that all jewelry, including wristwatch, that were displayed at the wake are in the casket before it is buried or entombed. Custom requires that everything goes into the ground; however this is not true for Jewish services.
Jewish tradition stipulates that nothing of value is buried with the deceased. In the case of cremation such items are usually removed before the body goes into the furnace. Pacemakers are removed prior to cremation — if left in they could explode. The family of the deceased may wish to have only a very small, private service, with just the deceased's closest family members and friends attending. This type of ceremony is not open to the public, but only to those invited. A memorial service, or a commemoration is one given for the deceased when the body is not present. The service takes place after cremation or burial at sea , after donation of the body to an academic or research institution, or after the ashes have been scattered.
It is also significant when the person is missing and presumed dead , or known to be deceased though the body is not recoverable. These services often take place at a funeral home; however, they can be held in a home, school, workplace, church or other location of some significance. A memorial service may include speeches eulogies , prayers, poems, or songs to commemorate the deceased. Pictures of the deceased and flowers are usually placed where the coffin would normally be placed. After the sudden deaths of important public officials, public memorial services have been held by communities, including those without any specific connection to the deceased.
For examples, community memorial services were held after the assassinations of US presidents James A. Garfield and William McKinley. In England, funerals are commonly held at a church, crematorium or cemetery chapel. While there is no visitation ceremony like in North America, relatives may view the body beforehand at the funeral home. A room for viewing is usually called a chapel of rest. In the latter, the coffin is either handed over to a crematorium  or buried in a cemetery. Alternatively, the entire funeral may be held in the chapel of the crematorium or cemetery.
It is not customary to view a cremation; instead, the coffin may be hidden with curtains towards the end of the funeral. After the funeral, it is common for the mourners to gather for refreshments. This is sometimes called a wake , though this is different to how to the term is used in other countries, where a wake is a ceremony before the funeral. In Finland, religious funerals hautajaiset are quite ascetic.
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The local priest or minister says prayers and blesses the deceased in their house. Nowadays the deceased is put into the coffin in the place where they died. The undertaker will pick up the coffin and place it in the hearse and drive it to the funeral home, while the closest relatives or friends of the deceased will follow the hearse in a funeral procession in their own cars.
The coffin will be held at the funeral home until the day of the funeral. The funeral services may be divided into two parts. First is the church service siunaustilaisuus in a cemetery chapel or local church, then the burial. The majority of Italians are Roman Catholic and follow Catholic funeral traditions. Historically, mourners would walk in a funeral procession to the gravesite; today vehicles are used. The body, brought by a hearse from the mortuary, may be taken to a church or to a cemetery chapel, Then there is a funeral mass or service at cemetery chapel.
Following the mass or Service the casket is carried in procession usually on foot on a hearse to the grave. Once at the gravesite, the priest will commence the graveside committal service and the casket is lowered. The mass or service usually takes place at the cemetery. In some traditional rural areas, the wake czuwanie takes place in the house of the deceased or their relatives. The body lies in state for three days in the house.
The funeral usually takes place on the third day. Family, neighbors and friends gather and pray during the day and night on those three days and nights. There are usually three stages in the funeral ceremony ceremonia pogrzebowa , pogrzeb : the wake czuwanie , then the body is carried by procession usually on foot or people drive in their own cars to the church or cemetery chapel for mass, and another procession by foot to the gravesite.
After the funeral, families gather for a post-funeral get-together stypa. It can be at the family home, or at a function hall. In Poland cremation is less popular because the Catholic Church in Poland prefers traditional burials though cremation is allowed. Cremation is more popular among non-religious and Protestants in Poland.
An old funeral rite from the Scottish Highlands involved burying the deceased with a wooden plate resting on his chest. On the plate were placed a small amount of earth and salt, to represent the future of the deceased. The earth hinted that the body would decay and become one with the earth, while the salt represented the soul, which does not decay. This rite was known as "earth laid upon a corpse". This practice was also carried out in Ireland, as well as in parts of England, particularly in Leicestershire, although in England the salt was intended to prevent air from distending the corpse.
In Spain, a burial or cremation may occur very soon after a death. Most Spaniards are Roman Catholics and follow Catholic funeral traditions. First, family and friends sit with the deceased during the wake until the burial. Wakes are a social event and a time to laugh and honor the dead. Following the wake comes the funeral mass Tanatorio at the church or cemetery chapel. Following the mass is the burial. The coffin is then moved from the church to the local cemetery, often with a procession of locals walking behind the hearse. Traditionally, a good funeral as they were called had one draw the curtains for a period of time; at the wake, when new visitors arrived, they would enter from the front door and leave through the back door.
The women stayed at home whilst the men attended the funeral, the village priest would then visit the family at their home to talk about the deceased and to console them. Believing that it was wrong to bury a corpse, and thereby pollute the earth, Price decided to cremate his son's body, a practice which had been common in Celtic societies. The police arrested him for the illegal disposal of a corpse. The case set a precedent that, together with the activities of the newly-founded Cremation Society of Great Britain, led to the Cremation Act A growing number of families choose to hold a life celebration or celebration of life   event for the deceased in addition to or instead of a traditional funeral.
Such ceremonies may be held outside the funeral home or place of worship; restaurants, parks, pubs and sporting facilities are popular choices based on the specific interests of the deceased. Taking on happy and hopeful tones, celebrations of life discourage wearing black and focus on the deceased's individuality.
Originating in New Orleans, Louisiana , U. Traditional jazz funerals begin with a processional led by the funeral director, family, friends, and the brass band, i. After the body is buried, or "cut loose", the band begins to play up-tempo, joyful jazz numbers, as the main line parades through the streets and crowds of " second liners " join in and begin dancing and marching along, transforming the funeral into a street festival. The terms "green burial" and "natural burial", used interchangeably, apply to ceremonies that aim to return the body with the earth with little to no use of artificial, non-biodegradable materials.
As a concept, the idea of uniting an individual with the natural world after he or she dies appears as old as human death itself, being widespread before the rise of the funeral industry. Holding environmentally-friendly ceremonies as a modern concept first attracted widespread attention in the s. In terms of North America , the opening of the first explicitly "green" burial cemetery in the U. However, the Green Burial Council, which came into being in , has based its operations out of California.
The instition works to officially certifies burial practices for funeral homes and cemeteries, making sure that appropriate materials are used. Religiously, some adherents of the Roman Catholic Church often have particular interest in "green" funerals given the faith's preference to full burial of the body as well as the theological commitments to care for the environment stated in Catholic social teaching.
Those with concerns about the effects on the environment of traditional burial or cremation may be placed into a natural bio-degradable green burial shroud. That, in turn, sometimes gets placed into a simple coffin made of cardboard or other easily biodegradable material. Furthermore, individuals may choose their final resting place to be in a specially designed park or woodland, sometimes known as an "ecocemetery", and may have a tree or other item of greenery planted over their grave both as a contribution to the environment and a symbol of remembrance.
Humanists UK organises a network of humanist funeral celebrants or officiants across England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands  and a similar network is organised by the Humanist Society Scotland. Humanist officiants are trained and experienced in devising and conducting suitable ceremonies for non-religious individuals. In areas outside of the United Kingdom , the Republic of Ireland has featured an increasing number of non-religious funeral arrangements according to publications such as Dublin Live.
This has occurred in parallel with a trend of increasing numbers of people carefully scripting their own funerals before they die, writing the details of their own ceremonies. The Irish Association of Funeral Directors has reported that funerals without a religious focus occur mainly in more urbanized areas in contrast to rural territories.
Although such non-religious ceremonies are "a rare scene in Maltese society" due to the large role of the Roman Catholic Church within that country's culture , according to Lovin Malta , "more and more Maltese people want to know about alternate forms of burial Actual events during secular funerals vary, but they frequently reflect upon the interests and personality of the deceased. For example, the ceremony for the aforementioned Keith Floyd , a restaurateur and television personality , included a reading of Rudyard Kipling 's poetic work If— and a performance by musician Bill Padley.
Civil funerals are an alternative to religious or humanist ceremonies in the UK. Unlike a humanist funeral, a civil funeral can contain some religious content, such as hymns or reading if the family wish. Funerals specifically for fallen members of fire or police services are common in United States and Canada. A Masonic funeral is held at the request of a departed Mason or family member. The service may be held in any of the usual places or a Lodge room with committal at graveside, or the complete service can be performed at any of the aforementioned places without a separate committal.
Freemasonry does not require a Masonic funeral. There is no single Masonic funeral service. Some Grand Lodges it is a worldwide organisation have a prescribed service. Some of the customs include the presiding officer wearing a hat while doing his part in the service, the Lodge members placing sprigs of evergreen on the casket, and a small white leather apron may being placed in or on the casket. The hat may be worn because it is Masonic custom in some places in the world for the presiding officer to have his head covered while officiating.
To Masons the sprig of evergreen is a symbol of immortality. A Mason wears a white leather apron, called a "lambskin," on becoming a Mason, and he may continue to wear it even in death. In these societies, white or off-white robes are traditionally worn to symbolize that someone has died and can be seen worn among relatives of the deceased during a funeral ceremony. In Chinese culture, red is strictly forbidden as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness. Exceptions are sometimes made if the deceased has reached an advanced age such as 85, in which case the funeral is considered a celebration, where wearing white with some red is acceptable.
Contemporary Western influence however has meant that dark-colored or black attire is now often also acceptable for mourners to wear particularly for those outside the family. In such cases, mourners wearing dark colors at times may also wear a white or off-white armband or white robe. Contemporary South Korean funerals typically mix western culture with traditional Korean culture, largely depending on socio-economic status, region, and religion.
In almost all cases, all related males in the family wear woven armbands representing seniority and lineage in relation to the deceased, and must grieve next to the deceased for a period of three days before burying the body. During this period of time, it is customary for the males in the family to personally greet all who come to show respect. While burials have been preferred historically, recent trends show a dramatic increase in cremations due to shortages of proper burial sites and difficulties in maintaining a traditional grave. The ashes of the cremated corpse are commonly stored in columbaria.
The new names are typically chosen by a Buddhist priest, after consulting the family of the deceased. Most Japanese are cremated. In modern practice, specific rites concerning an individual's passage through life are generally ascribed to one of these two faiths. Aside from the religious aspect, a Japanese funeral usually includes a wake, the cremation of the deceased, and inclusion within the family grave.
Follow-up services are then performed by a Buddhist priest on specific anniversaries after death. According to an estimate in , In recent years however, alternative methods of disposal have become more popular, including scattering of the ashes, burial in outer space, and conversion of the cremated remains into a diamond that can be set in jewelry.
Funeral practices and burial customs in the Philippines encompass a wide range of personal , cultural , and traditional beliefs and practices which Filipinos observe in relation to death, bereavement, and the proper honoring, interment, and remembrance of the dead. These practices have been vastly shaped by the variety of religions and cultures that entered the Philippines throughout its complex history. Most if not all present-day Filipinos, like their ancestors, believe in some form of an afterlife and give considerable attention to honouring the dead.
Friends and neighbors bring food to the family, such as pancit noodles and bibingka cake ; any leftovers are never taken home by guests, because of a superstition against it. Although the majority of the Filipino people are Christians,  they have retained some traditional indigenous beliefs concerning death. The first day: on the day a person dies, the body is moved to a funeral hall.
They prepare clothes for the body and put them into a chapel of rest. Then food is prepared for the deceased. It is made up of three bowls of rice and three kinds of Korean side dishes. Also, there has to be three coins and three straw shoes. This can be cancelled if the family of the dead person have a particular religion. On the second day the funeral director washes the body and shrouding is done.
Then, a family member of the dead person puts uncooked rice in the mouth of the body. This step does not have to be done if the family has a certain religion. After putting the rice in the mouth, the body is moved into a coffin. Family members, including close relatives, of the dead person will wear mourning clothing. Typically, mourning for a woman includes Korean traditional clothes, Hanbok , and mourning for man includes a suit.
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The color has to be black. The ritual ceremony begins when they are done with changing clothes and preparing foods for the dead person. The ritual ceremony is different depending on their religion. After the ritual ceremony family members will start to greet guests. On the third day, the family decides whether to bury the body in the ground or cremate the body. If they decide to bury the body in the ground, three people from the family sprinkle dirt on the coffin three times. In case of cremation, there are no specific things to be done like ground burial. The only thing needed is a jar to place burned bones in and a place to keep the jar.
Other than these facts, in Korea, people who come to the funeral bring condolence money. Also, a food called Yukgaejang is served to guests oftentimes with Korean alcohol called soju. Like many other cultures, funeral practices in Mongolia are the most important rituals that they follow. They have mixed their rituals with Buddhists due to creating a new, unique way of death. For Mongolians who are very strict when it comes to their traditions, there were three different ways of burial that families could choose from.
The main one being open-air burial, and the others being cremation and embalming. There were many factors that went into deciding which funeral practice to do. These consisted of the family's social standing, the cause of death and the specific location they died at.
The main people that were chosen to be embalmed were the people apart of the Lamaistic Church, by choosing this practice, they are usually buried in a sitting position. This would show that they would always be in the position of prayer. Also, more important people such as Nobles would be buried with weapons, horses and food in their coffins to help them prepare for the next world.
The coffin is built specifically designed by three to four relatives, mainly men. In order to determine how big the coffin will be, the builders bring planks to the hut that the dead is located and put together the box and the lid to go with it. The same people who help put together the coffin also help decorate the funeral. Most of this work is done after the sun goes down. With very specific instruction, they work on decorations inside the youngest daughters house. The reason for this is so the deceased is not disturbed at night.
In Vietnam, Buddhism is the most commonly practiced religion, however, most burial methods do not coincide with the Buddhist belief of cremation. The body of the deceased is moved to a loved one's house and placed in an expensive coffin. The body usually stays there for about three days, allowing time for people to visit and place gifts in the mouth. This belief goes so far as to include superstition as well. If somebody is dying in Vietnamese culture, they are rushed home from the hospital so they can die there, because if they die away from home it is believed to be bad luck to take a corpse home.
Many services are also held in the Vietnamese burial practices. One is held before moving the coffin from the home and the other is held at the burial site. Following this, the family and friends return to the home and enjoy a feast to celebrate the life of the recently departed. For the first 49 days after the burying, the family holds a memorial service every 7 days, where the family and friends come back together to celebrate the life of their loved one. After this, they meet again on the th day after the death, then days after the death, and finally they meet on the anniversary of the death of their loved one, a whole year later, to continue to celebrate the glorious life of their recently departed.
African funerals are usually open to many visitors. The custom of burying the dead in the floor of dwelling-houses has been to some degree prevalent on the Gold Coast of Africa. The ceremony depends on the traditions of the ethnicity the deceased belonged to. The funeral may last for as much as a week. Another custom, a kind of memorial, frequently takes place seven years after the person's death. These funerals and especially the memorials may be extremely expensive for the family in question.
Cattle, sheep, goats, and poultry, may be offered and then consumed. The Ashanti and Akan ethnic groups in Ghana typically wear red and black during funerals. For special family members, there is typically a funeral celebration with singing and dancing to honor the life of the deceased. Afterwards, the Akan hold a sombre funeral procession and burial with intense displays of sorrow. Other funerals in Ghana are held with the deceased put in elaborate "fantasy coffins" colored and shaped after a certain object, such as a fish, crab, boat, and even airplanes.
Some diseases, such as Ebola can be spread by funerary customs including touching the dead. For example, letting relatives see the face of the dead before bodybags are closed and taking photographs, if desired, can greatly reduce the risk of infection without impacting too heavily on the customs of burial. In Kenya funerals are an expensive undertaking. Keeping bodies in morgues to allow for fund raising is a common occurrence more so in urban areas. Some families opt to bury their dead in the countryside homes instead of urban cemeteries, thus spending more money on transporting the dead.
Its remarkable feature and size have been known as one of the most important historical sites in China. The mausoleum was built in BC after he became the emperor of Qin Dynasty. Ancient Chinese mausoleums have unique characteristics compared to other cultures. Ancient Chinese thought that the soul remains even after death, immortal soul regarded funeral practices as an important tradition. Archeologists have found more than 8, life-sized figures resembling an army surrounding the emperor's tomb. The figures were composed of clay and fragments of pottery.
The Terracotta Army resembles the soldiers, horses, government officials, and even musicians. All of the figures were made so acutely and delicately. The arrangement and the weapons they are carrying resembled entirely to the real weapons at that time. Furthermore, their facial features weren't identical, but with unique features and details. The three Imperial Tombs of Qin Dynasty were additionally inscribed in and The tombs have been constructed to praise the emperors of Qing Dynasty and their ancestors.
In tradition, Chinese have followed the Feng Shui to build and decorate the interior. All of the tombs are strictly made followed by the Feng Shui theory. Harmony between the architecture and the surrounding topographical structure were seen as an integral part of nature. According to the Feng Shi theory, to build a tomb, there must be a mountain on the northern side and low land on the south.
In the west and east, a river must be located. The Imperial Tombs of Ming and Qing Dynasties clearly shows the cultural and architectural tradition that has swayed the area for more than years.
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There is a great harmony between the surrounding nature and the architecture. In Chinese culture, the tombs were considered as a portal between the world of the living and the dead. Chinese believed that the portal would divide the soul into two parts. The half of the soul would go to heaven, and the other half would remain within the physical body.
From about to there were two professions in Europe now almost totally forgotten. The mute is depicted in art quite frequently but in literature is probably best known from Dickens's Oliver Twist. Oliver is working for Mr. Sowerberry when this conversation takes place: "There's an expression of melancholy in his face, my dear He would make a delightful mute, my love".
And in Martin Chuzzlewit , Moult, the undertaker, states, "This promises to be one of the most impressive funerals, I have orders to put on my whole establishment of mutes, and mutes come very dear, Mr Pecksniff. A symbolic protector of the deceased, the mute would usually stand near the door of the home or church. In Victorian times, mutes would wear somber clothing including black cloaks, top hats with trailing hatbands, and gloves.
The professional mourner, generally a woman, would shriek and wail often while clawing her face and tearing at her clothing , to encourage others to weep. Forms of professional mourning are recorded from Ancient Greece,   and were commonly employed throughout Europe until the beginning of the nineteenth century. The award-winning Philippine comedy Crying Ladies revolves around the lives of three women who are part-time professional mourners for the Chinese-Filipino community in Manila's Chinatown.
According to the film, the Chinese use professional mourners to help expedite the entry of a deceased loved one's soul into heaven by giving the impression that he or she was a good and loving person, well-loved by many. High-ranking national figures such as heads of state, prominent politicians, military figures, national heroes and eminent cultural figures may be offered state funerals.
Some people choose to make their funeral arrangements in advance so that at the time of their death, their wishes are known to their family. However, the extent to which decisions regarding the disposition of a decedent's remains including funeral arrangements can be controlled by the decedent while still alive vary from one jurisdiction to another.
In the United States, there are states which allow one to make these decisions for oneself if desired, for example by appointing an agent to carry out one's wishes; in other states, the law allows the decedent's next-of-kin to make the final decisions about the funeral without taking the wishes of the decedent into account. The decedent may, in most U.
These instructions can be given some legal effect if bequests are made contingent on the heirs carrying them out, with alternative gifts if they are not followed. This requires the will to become available in time; aspects of the disposition of the remains of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran contrary to a number of his stated wishes, which were found in a safe that was not opened until after the funeral.
Some people donate their bodies to a medical school for use in research or education. Medical students frequently study anatomy from donated cadavers; they are also useful in forensic research. Many medical schools rely on the donation of cadavers for the teaching of anatomy. It is also possible to donate organs and tissue after death, for treating the sick, or for research. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For other uses, see Funeral disambiguation. Several terms redirect here. Funerary practices in different cultures. Opening of the mouth ceremony Ancient Egypt. Kotsuage bone picking ceremony Japanese Buddhist. Cremations at Manikarnika Ghat Hindu. Main article: Funeral Buddhism. Main article: Antyesti.