The death of a loved one is a devastating experience for any family. No one would want to lose a dear friend or a cherished family member. Suffering from the loss of a loved one is indeed a very painful experience and without a doubt, this will bring sadness to family and friends. However, people believe that death is just the beginning of a new life – the start of a new journey. Many people believe in the afterlife – a life of eternal bliss and happiness that is experienced after one’s death.
Of course, it would be hard at first to let go of an important person in your life. At first, it may be difficult to accept a great loss and to overcome a great sorrow, but time will heal all wounds.
Giving a loved one the proper farewell helps you to accept what has happened and lets you have closure. A funeral is commonly held by family and friends to mourn the loss of a loved one and eventually, to move on.
There are many different types of burying the dead all over the world. This practice has been observed for thousands of years even in the prehistoric ages. Evidence dates back to one hundred thousand years ago and up until now, this solemn ceremony is done by many people across the world.
The Main Reason for Human Burial
There are many different reasons why we bury the dead. From the prehistoric ages where human life was lived in simple means, humans began to evolve and think differently in the modern age, hence, now, there are many underlying reasons to these practices. These reasons may vary by culture, tradition, society and belief around the world but the most common reason for this practice is human respect. Leaving a corpse lying around would mean that wild animals and scavengers will eventually feed on the corpse. This may mean disrespect for many people. No one would want a family member to be food for beasts and wild creatures. Burying a dead body would allow it to decay underground where no one and nothing would be able to disturb it and will allow the person finally “rest in peace”. The need for closure is also one of the reasons why people bury their dead. The act of burying someone helps say goodbyes and allows family members to forget the pain they have gone through.
Types of Burial
The most common types of burial are natural burial and cremation. These methods are widely used by people all over the world, even those belonging to different cultures and countries.
Natural burial is the process of burying a dead body into the earth and allowing it to naturally decompose. In this type of ceremony, family members mourn for the dead for a few days and then the dead is buried after the family’s farewell.
Cremation is a different method from traditional burials. Many family members may not approve of cremation and see it as a bitter way to bid a family member farewell, while some may see it as a meaningful way for someone to say goodbye. To avoid dispute in the future, these types of matters must be arranged and planned beforehand. Matters must be organized and planned to make things easier in planning for the funeral service.
Cremation involves burning of the body of the deceased and then the powdery remains of the bones are left. The ashes are given to the family to be taken care of. The family has the option to bury the remains or to keep it in their possession.