The Differences of Christian and Buddhist Funeral Services

Funeral is a sign of respect, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs may vary widely between cultures and between religious affiliations within cultures.

Christian Funeral Services serve the same purpose: to pray for the soul of the deceased, as well as to offer comfort and support to the bereaved. It may either buried or cremated, depending on their preference. The ceremony will typically be held at the deceased person’s church and conducted by the minister, but it can also be held at a funeral home. Usually a Christian ceremony may involve hymns, readings and prayer by the minister and the deceased’s family, relatives and friends. There is often opportunity for the loved ones to view the deceased and to say their last goodbye before the deceased is buried. If the deceased was decided to in cremate the ashes may be scattered. Otherwise, the ashes or body will be buried in a cemetery and marked with a gravestone to remember the deceased. Christian has a strong belief in the afterlife and much of their lives are directed at achieving eternal peace in Heaven. They believe that Jesus was the son of God and came to earth to teach through his actions and lessons.

Buddhist Funeral Services may be presided over by monks, who will deliver a sermon and perform Buddhist rites. Rituals that transfer merit to the deceased may be performed by family or other mourners, such as offering cloth to the presiding monk on the deceased’s behalf, pouring water from a vessel into an overflowing cup, preaching, and giving offerings or almsgiving. The family wear white or cover their clothing with a traditional white cloth, along with a headband or armband. The mourners walk with sticks to symbolize that grief has left them the need for support, they can sing appropriate prayers, bring offerings of flowers and fruits and ring gongs or bells. The person may either be cremated or buried depending on their tradition. There may be speeches and chants on the impermanence of life. Buddhists believe in rebirth and that when they die they will be reborn again.

However Funeral Services in Singapore may not be similar to other because after being buried for 15 years, graves are exhumed and the remains removed. If the religion of the deceased permits cremation, the exhumed remains are cremated and stored in government columbaria niches; otherwise, the remains are re-buried in smaller individual plots.