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  A readers' guide to

    Funeral and Death Customs the World Over


Funeral customs are as varied as the cultures from which they come. It is important in these times of global travel and cultural diversity that we understand and respect the death and funeral customs of others even though they may differ from our own.

You are here because you are interested in what we do with our dead.  Although few if any of us want to find out first hand what happens after we shuffle off this mortal coil, it is interesting to see our own customs and the funerary traditions of other peoples.

Some death and funeral customs are based upon where one lives and others are based upon one's belief system or religion. We can share the commonality of death by knowing about the funeral customs of our friends and associates. While the Anabaptist is not expected to sit shiva, nor is the native Bostonian expected to have his ashes sprinkled in the Ganges; knowing the customs of others will strengthen the bond between friends and allow others to avoid potentially embarrassing faux pas.

No matter what your reasons for exploring funeral rites, death customs or obsequies. This pathfinder will help you begin your journey.  The inevitability of death makes it a curiosity for most of us.  While we may not completely satisfy that curiosity we will give you a good shove to get you going in the right direction.

So join me as we learn more about funeral and death customs the world over.

Click on the globe to start your journey with some general works.

Click on the map below to select a specific region.

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Interested in other aspects of death and dying?  Go here for additional sources.

If you have any comments or questions or have found a wonderful source I should include please feel free to mail me. funeral_pathfinder@oneil.cx

Last update : 05 December 2002