Month: March 2014

The debate over employee sanctioned bereavement leave is a difficult one On the one hand you have people who insist that bereavement leave should be a standard part of the employee benefit package,...
Cruse started out as a small local service focused on helping widows and their children through the bereavement process and now Cruse Bereavement Care is the most highly respected bereavement care...
Trying to talk to children—especially very young children—about funerals can be incredibly stressful As adults, we worry about causing too much stress or allowing our children to feel too much...
The Zoroastrians believe that death is evil triumphing over good and, once the body is dead, demons have the ability to contaminate the corpse  As the bodies could pollute everything due to their...
Funerary tourist attractions  It may seem like a long stretch, but the fantasy coffin market in Ghana has brought in tourists from all over the world eager to catch a glimpse or two of the weird and...
New Orleans Louisiana is famous for its music, food, and voodoo, among other things, so it comes as no surprise that within the rich tapestry of New Orleans culture and history, there exists an...
If you’re looking for a more futuristic way to say goodbye to your loved ones, why not blast their remains into space  That is exactly the funerary service that’s been catching on thanks to...
On a Cliffside in Sichuan province of southwest China hang over three hundred coffins, all of them several hundred feet up a sheer rock face  While various forms of coffin hanging existed around...
Over one thousand years ago a priest known as Kuukai founded the Buddhist sect of Shingon in Northern Japan Based on the sect’s belief that physical punishment was the path to enlightenment, the...
Every two to seven years, families of the Malagasy people of Madagascar gather for famadihana ceremonies to honour their deceased loved ones   Known as “turning of the bones,” these ceremonies,...
The beliefs and rituals of the Australian Aboriginal peoples vary from tribe to tribe, region to region, all loosely pertaining to their concept of the cosmos and afterlife, known as “The...
This is the first article in a new blog series brought to you by Sussex Funeral Services exploring funeral rites and rituals around the world  Join us as we look into how different peoples both...