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Funerals are ceremonies that allow people to remember and honour their deceased loved one in a special way.  Funerals typically involve ceremonies held shortly after a person's death and are based on the beliefs and traditions of a culture.  They typically include the person's burial or cremation.  Funerals involve prayers, religious rites, shared memories and of course, deep sorrow.

Cultures from around the world have different traditions.  In my personal experience (Canada), mourners attend a funeral wearing all black and after the funeral service (held typically in a religious place of worship like a church) pile into their cars and form a single file behind the hearse carrying the body of the deceased.  Attendees arrive at the graveyard where the casket is carried by pallbearers to its burying plot.  Last words are said and flowers are placed on the casket prior to it being lowered into the ground.  A "wake" or luncheon is held after the funeral service at which time attendees console the mourning family and food is consumed.  The funeral is a quiet and dignified affair.

In some cultures, however, entire villages are involved in elaborate send offs.  In New Orleans, funeral processions are loud affairs where mourners are lead by jazz marching bands.

There are some families that are opting for "green" burials in which they forgo embalming, coffins, cement vaults and monuments and instead are having their loved ones become a part of a "reef ball" providing habitat for sea life.  Cremated remains are mixed with concrete to form a basketball-sized "pearl which is then attached to a honeycomb-shaped reef.  You can read more here at The Wall Street Journal  [Note:  This link will take you outside the FreeTiiuPix website.].

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that according to The Week  [Note:  This link will take you outside the FreeTiiuPix website.] in South Korean, loved ones must be removed from their graves after 60 years of burial because of a lack of graveyard space making cremation very popular.  However, there are companies that compress remains into gem-like "death beads" which are then displayed in homes.  The beads are not worn around your neck, but rather kept in dishes and glass containers.  Beads can be made in blue-green, pink and black.  The process costs about $900.

Some cultures encourage wailing while other discourage public displays of crying.

There are cultures that burn the deceased on platforms; place them on mountaintops exposing them to animals and the elements; entomb them in hollowed-out tree trunks; place them in elaborate coffins shaped like animals, planes, etc.; dance with their bones; or place their ashes in rivers.  

A great website from which you can learn more about funeral customs can be found at Funeral and Flowers [Note:  This link will take you outside the FreeTiiuPix website].

No matter what the ceremony, funerals help to confirm the reality and finality of death, they provide a climate of mourning and the expression of grief, it encourages the affirmation of religious faith, and is a vehicle for the community to pay its last respect.

Funerals also serve as a gathering place for family and friends to give each other emotional support.  While a funeral is for the respectful disposition of the dead, it is also for the living to provide a means of saying farewell.

 

The images below are from actual funerals and have been posted with the utmost respect for the deceased.  Please use your discretion when using these images and please do so in a respectful manner.  

 





Rest in Peace Koidula
the dearest of mothers.
1923 - 2015



In remembrance of my mother....

 

The moment that you died, 
my heart was torn in two.
One side filled with heartache, 
the other died with you.

I often lie awake at night, 
when the world is fast asleep,
and take a walk down memory lane, 
with tears upon my cheeks.

Remembering is easy, 
I do it every day,
but missing you is heartache, 
that never goes away.

I hold you tightly within my heart, 
and there you will remain,
Until the joyous day arrives, 
that we will meet again.

Author Unknown

 

I will never get over your death, 
I'm just trying to learn how to live with it
moment by moment, day by day.

Although I can no longer see you 
with my eyes,
nor touch you with my  hands,
I will feel you with me 
in my heart Forever
.

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Where Did She Go?

Where did she go?  My loving mother?
One moment she was here, and then no longer.
Is she still 'round me?  with me?  watching?
Can she still hear me?  talking?  sobbing?

I can't feel her presence, her arms around me.
There are no words of comfort,
not even dreams to console me.
The world feels so empty, lonely and foreign.
Her voice, it is fading, the quiet is deafening.

No matter life's hardships, she was here to guide me.
My confidant, companion, rock and advisor.
Without her I'm flailing, no compass, no guide.
To whom shall I turn, who'll be on my side?

I go through the motions, my daily tasks,
I smile and I nod, but I'm wearing a mask.
Each day is routine, I'm playing my part,
But I'm running on auto, there's no joy in my heart.

She was just a traveler, with suitcase in hand,
Passing through all our lives, from a far away land.
She was not mine, she was just on loan,
When her time here was done,
she returned to her home. 

Our lives must have meaning, a reason for being,
We have tasks to fulfill, with time that is fleeting.
And when my job's done, and I've completed my role,
With suitcase in hand, I too will go home.

Tiiu Roiser - May 2015

 

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Memorial Poems

Funeral Poem

I though of you 
with love today
but that is nothing new,
I thought about you 
yesterday
and days before that too,
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name,
Your memory 
is my keepsake
with which I'll never part,
God has you in His keeping
I have you in my heart.

Author Unknown

 

 

Poem of Life

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place 
along the road,
to sweet eternity.

We all have 
different journeys,
Different paths 
along the way,
We are were meant 
to learn some things,
But never meant to stay...

Our destination
 is a place,
Far greater 
than we know.
For some 
the journey's quicker,
For some 
the journey's slow.

And when the journey
 finally ends,
We'll claim 
a great reward,
And find 
an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.

Author Unknown

 

 

Memories in the Heart

Feel no guilt in laughter,
she knows 
how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile
that she's 
not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever,
she would not 
want you to.
She'd hope that 
you can carry on,
the way you always do.

So talk about 
the good times
and the ways 
you showed you cared.
The days you 
spent together,
all the happiness 
you shared.

Let memories 
surround you.
A word someone 
may say
will suddenly recapture 
a time, an hour, a day.
That brings her 
back as clearly
as though she 
were still here
and fills you 
with the feelings
that she is always near.

For if you keep 
these moments,
you will never be apart,
and she will live forever
locked safe 
within your heart.

Author Unknown

 

 

Not, How Did He Die,
But How Did He Live?

Not how did he die,
but how did he live?
Not what did he gain,
but what did he give?

These are the units
to measure a worth
Of a man as a man,
regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church,
nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended
those really in need?

Was he ever ready, 
with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile,
to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch
in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry
when he passed away.

Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

The Native American Prayer

Oh Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear
in the winds,
and whose breath
gives life to all the world
- hear me -
I come before you,
one of your children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength
and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty
and make my eyes 
ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands
respect the things
you have made,
my ears sharp to
hear your voice.
Make me wise,
so that I may know
the things you have
taught my People,
the lesson you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength
not to be superior
to my brothers,
but to be able to fight,
my greatest enemy,
- myself.
Make me ever ready
to come to you,
with clean hands
and straight eyes,
so when life fades
as a fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you
without shame.

Prayer by 
Yellow Hawk
Sioux Chief

 

 

 

 

 

          

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