When you’re planning a funeral service that is rooted in deep cultural
traditions, it’s very important to find a
funeral home that can accommodate your unique needs. Buddhist funerals and Chinese
funerals follow specific procedures and customs depending upon the age
of the deceased. Here is a look at some of the most common Chinese and
Buddhist funeral customs in America.
How Friends and Family Prepare
Arranging a Chinese funeral is a task that typically falls to the children
or younger family members of the deceased. When planning a funeral, family
members will consult the Chinese Almanac to choose a date for the funeral
service and burial service. They will send out white invitations to the
Chinese funeral service and burial service if the deceased was under 80
years old, and pink invitations if the deceased was over 80 years old.
What Guests Should Wear
Much like other funeral services, guests at a Chinese funeral or Buddhist
funeral should wear somber colors, like black, gray, or blue. Colorful
or bright clothing should be avoided, though white is acceptable, and
pink and red may be worn if the deceased was over 80 years old. You should
also dress respectfully when attending a burial service or memorial service
at a funeral home, residence, or Byodo-In Temple.
What Happens During and After the Funeral Service
A wake often precedes the Chinese funeral service, and can be held at
a family’s home, a Byodo-In Temple, or a funeral home. It may last
several days, and family members may keep an overnight vigil. During the
funeral ceremony, the family may burn joss paper, fake money, and miniature
symbolic items. After the funeral service, a burial service is held at
a Chinese cemetery, or cremation services occur at a crematorium.
If you’re looking for a funeral home that can accommodate a
Chinese funeral near Oahu, HI, come see us at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. We have experience
planning funerals, cremations, and burial services for members of our
community of all faiths, religions, and cultures. To learn more about
our funeral services, call us today at (808) 239-8811.