Funeral rituals in United States and Canada are divided into four areas. They include the wake, viewing or visitation, the actual funeral service, burial service and private services. Cremations and funerals in US and Canada start with viewing services that usually take place in funeral homes. However, other viewings are usually done in church. In some parts of United States, viewing normally takes place in the residence of the deceased person.
However, viewing of the body is done on the evening prior to day of funeral service. This stage is stress free to family members and it is also cost effective since it allows individuals who cannot attend both the viewing and funeral service to view the body. There is also sending flowers during this stage as guests pay their last respect to the deceased.
The funeral service is normally conducted between three to five days following the death. This service has to be officiated by a clergy and can be conducted either in church or home. The customs and traditions of the person will dictate the kind of music that will be played during the service. Immediately after the funeral service, the next step will be burial.
This is considered to be the last part of many Canada and US traditions. It is usually conducted at the tomb, grave site and crematorium if the deceases will undergo cremation. A prayer will be said before the dead is cremated or is buried.
However, morticians have to make sure that all jewelry that the dead is wearing is in the casket prior to being entombed or buried. Nonetheless, if the body has to be cremated, all jewelries must be removed.
All pacemakers should be removed before the body is cremated because they might explode causing indemnity to the crematorium. If a family wishes to have private sessions, then it is their decision to make. This is all about cremations and funerals in US and Canada.
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