The Final Journey: Inspiring Ideas For Funerals

The Final Journey: Inspiring Ideas For Funerals

Embracing Tradition: The Beauty of Asian Funerals

by Antonio Robertson

Funerals are a solemn and emotional time for families and friends to pay their last respects to the departed. In many Asian cultures, funerals are seen as a celebration of life, a way to honour the deceased and offer comfort to those left behind. Asian funerals have a unique and rich tradition that has been passed down through generations, making them a beautiful and memorable experience.  

Attention to Detail  

One of the hallmarks of Asian funerals is the attention paid to the smallest details. From the intricate decorations to the delicate flowers, everything is carefully chosen to create a peaceful and serene environment. In many Asian countries, such as China and Japan, white is the colour of mourning, and it is common to see white flowers and clothing at funerals. This attention to detail extends to the funeral rites as well, with many cultures having specific rituals and customs to honour the deceased. 

Community Involvement  

Another important aspect of Asian funerals is the involvement of the entire community. Funerals are seen as a way for friends and family to come together to support one another in their grief. This sense of community is further reinforced by the practice of inviting acquaintances, coworkers, and other members of the community to attend the funeral. In many cases, the entire neighbourhood will come together to pay their respects and offer support to the family.

Food and Drink  

Asian funerals also often involve food and drink, with feasts and banquets being held to honour the deceased. These meals serve as a way to bring people together to remember and celebrate the life of the person who has passed away. In some cultures, such as Korea, it is customary to bring food and gifts to the funeral as a way to show respect and offer condolences to the family. 

Growing Interest in Asian Funerals  

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Asian funerals outside of Asia. Many people are drawn to the beauty and tradition of these unique ceremonies and are choosing to incorporate elements of Asian funerals into their own funeral plans. From the delicate floral arrangements to the serene music and calming incense, Asian funerals offer a way to celebrate life in a meaningful and beautiful way. 

Asian funerals are a unique and beautiful way to honour the life of someone who has passed away. The attention to detail, community involvement, and celebration of life make these funerals a truly memorable experience. Whether you are looking to incorporate elements of Asian funerals into your own funeral plans or simply want to learn more about this rich tradition, there is much to be gained from exploring the beauty and meaning of Asian funerals.

Speak to a funeral home for assistance and guidance when organising an Asian funeral.


About Me

The Final Journey: Inspiring Ideas For Funerals

Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.