Death Customs in Different Religions

A Funeral for Whichever Religion you have

Brits have enthusiastically embraced multi-culturalism, food and customs from other nations. This is reflected by the fact that the UK’s favourite dish is now chicken tikka masala, an Indian dish.

Places of worship are also varied. Half of the population have no religion, but among those who do, Christianity ranks as the most popular, followed by Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. Whatever a person’s beliefs, a sensitive funeral company in Croydon can give them a funeral service that fits their religion or culture.

Christian Funerals

A traditional Christian funeral occurs in church and as they believe that the spirit goes to heaven, the body left behind is of less importance. Both cremation and burial are therefore acceptable.

Catholics, on the other hand, believe in the resurrection of the physical body. Cremation was permitted in 1963 if relatives do not scatter ashes or keep them outside of a church.

Islamic Funerals

Muslims also believe in the physical resurrection, so they generally bury their dead. The deceased is wrapped in a shroud instead of being placed in a coffin. In the UK, coffins are permitted.

Hindu and Sikh Funerals

Hindus believe in reincarnation and think that the path to the spirit world is through purification with fire. Cremation is their first choice. The oldest son of the deceased is to be the last person to touch the coffin, so some crematoriums provide open access areas to accommodate this.

Sikh’s have open-air pyre funerals, but these are currently illegal in the UK, so they usually accept cremation, traditionally a day after death if possible. A prayer called the Kirtan Sohila is recited during the cremation.

Buddhist Funerals

A traditional Buddhist funeral is the Tibetan Sky Burial, where the deceased is put on a mountain to be eaten by birds. Happily, most Buddhists adhere to the customs of the country they are in.

Funeral rituals vary among religions. Sensitive funeral directors recognise this diversity, thus offer funeral services to suit any religion.