funerals history beliefs culture how it all started
funerals can be identified in many ways such as a cremation burial service and other known terms such as interments and practises based on beliefs religion, culture throughout the world. its the remembrance and respect of the dead.it includes the moaning of the dead, celebrating their life, offering support within family units and sympathy to all those bereaved. The first known funeral was found in a cave called Shanidar Cave in Iraq .The bodies skeletal remains were found next to flowers. Each culture do things differently some only prefer cremations like the Vikings, and other religions some people prefer to rap the body in linen, whilst others prefer a burial service on consecrated ground.
Until the Christian era the greeks method of a funeral was internment cremation of the body.In ancient rome the eldest surviving male of the household, the pater familias, was summoned to the death-bed, where he attempted to catch and inhale the last breath of the deceased.In America a funeral was devided into 3 parts visitation, funeral, and the burial service.
In the Uk Open casket funerals and visitations are very rare in some countries, such as the United Kingdom and most European countries, where it is usual for only close relatives to actually see the deceased person and not uncommon for no one to do so. The funeral service itself is almost invariably closed casket. Funeral homes are generally not used for funeral services, which are almost exclusively held in a church, cemetery, or crematorium chapel.
what ever path you take when planning a funeral nowadays the important factor is not to be rushed due to family traditions or beliefs. you only get once chance to make this honourable day special as you say goodbye for ever.