Death and Dying.


Everyone dies eventually. How we put our deceased to rest, varies from place to place, religion to religion. From Cremation to green burials, how we leave this world is a very spiritual thing, involving family and close friends. Most death rituals are a time of mourning and or celebrating the life and good times of the recently deceased.

Paganism

http://www.funeralwise.com/customs/wiccan

"In general, Wiccan funerals share characteristics with those that choose green or eco-friendly burial customs. The person to be buried is wrapped only in cloth in order to allow the body to decompose naturally and as quickly as possible in order to provide nourishment for other life. When this type of burial is not permitted by law, Wiccans encourage cremation and the burial of ashes as opposed to the use of traditional embalming fluids and airtight caskets."
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The idea of a 'green burial' is also common in the Wiccan community. The whole idea is to have the body closer to the earth, and be put in a box or casket made out of materials that can dissolve over time, so the body can feed other life and return back to the earth. Why waste thousands of dollars on a casket and a headstone, when you can be buried simply, and cheaper. Not to mention your body can be recycled and provide food for other creatures and beings.

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Judaism

http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/cycle/death.htm

"Coffins are not required, and are not used in Israel. If they are used,
holes must be drilled into them to allow contact with the earth.
A handful of earth from Israel is thrown in the casket
with the body by a family member.
These practices are intended to put the body in the closest contact
with the earth as possible, and reflect the belief that the dead
will rise in Israel in the messianic age."













Islam

"Islamic customs require that:
  • The body be turned to face towards Mecca, the holy center of Islam.
  • Guests of the same sex should greet each other with a handshake and hug.
  • A person sitting next to the body reads from the Koran. An Imam presides over the service.
  • The deceased's eyes and mouth are closed. There is rarely an open casket.
  • Guests should not take photos or use recording devices.
  • The arms, legs, and hands of the body are stretched out in alignment with the body.
  • The death is immediately announced to all friends and relatives.
  • The body is bathed and covered in white cotton.
  • Within two days following death, the body is carried to the graveyard by four men. A procession of friends and relatives follow.
  • No discussion takes place at the time of burial, but all guests pray for the soul of the departed.
  • After the body is buried, all guests go to the house of the family of the deceased. A meal is prepared and guests usually stay for the entire day. Family members may stay for the whole week.
  • During this time, the family members socialize. It is believed that socializing helps to ease suffering.
  • If arriving late, guests should simply join in."