If you are attending a
Buddhist funeral, you may have questions about what to expect. Calling the funeral home
hosting the funeral is a good way for guests to get insight into questions
about cultural traditions to honor, such as respectful dressing. This
look at Buddhist funeral services will also help you understanding the
Immediately After a Death
There are no specific steps that are required immediately after death
in the Buddhist faith, however, some members of the Buddhist community
do adhere to certain rules. Some people believe that a fellow Buddhist
should be present during and immediately after a death, and that the body
remain with that person for up to four hours after death. There is also
a tradition, honored by some, that no autopsy or cremation should occur
until at least three-and-a-half days after the death. Embalming should
not be performed during this time, if allowed by the funeral home.
Buddhist funeral traditions are very diverse. There is no single funeral
ceremony practice that is recognized by all members of the community.
Typically, a Buddhist teacher or community member can perform the funeral
service in keeping with the preferences of the person who is deceased.
Often, Buddhists will indicate what traditions—such as Zen or Tibetan—resonate
the most with them, and the family will plan the funeral according to
those customs. Many Buddhists are cremated, though some do choose burial.
Because Buddhists funeral traditions are so varied, pre-planning a funeral
can be extremely helpful to families. You can work with a funeral home
to design the services that you want while alleviating the stress your
family could face trying to make these decisions while they are in the
process of mourning.
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is experienced in planning Buddhist
funeral services in Oahu, HI and can help you honor your faith or that
of a loved one during the planning process. From our
Byodo-In Temple to our peaceful grounds, we are dedicated to providing essential services
for Buddhist funerals. To learn more about our services, please call (808) 239-8811.