If you've never been to a Chinese funeral, you may be wondering what to expect. While each family has its own traditions, there are many practices that tend to be standard in this community. Here are some tips to help you as you prepare for your first Asian funeral. 1. Consider coming to the visitation Many Chinese families have a visitation period for a few days before the funeral. This may happen at the funeral home or at the family's home.
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.