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Many people believe in mourning rituals and the oath to follow them. Some passed it onto the next generation of their family. It is like how memorial keepsake jewellery is being treasured and passed on to the next generations. These beliefs and rituals that our ancestors. Our parents believe them because they are used to these things and carry them on until they get married. But some of them does not need to be followed if you don't want to if you have different beliefs than your parents or relatives. 

Rituals and beliefs serve as a guide by our ancestors. They have it as a reference to what is the best thing to do while mourning and they have become accustomed to it and become what they believe in, especially when they have witnessed that it works for everyone. When they see and test that it is working and the whole family or society will benefit, they believe in it and spread the word to other people. Thus, it was made known to everyone, and it became a thing that they can't live without or a must when they are mourning for a loved one. 

Some of these rituals depend on the family's religious beliefs and what country they are part of. We all have different ideologies and perspectives on dealing with the pain of losing a loved one. But some of these beliefs are common. You may have seen it many times whenever we attend a funeral or burial service. 

  • Visitation and Viewing of the demise of a loved one.

It is common when the body of the departed loved ones is brought home for the funeral service. The next part of it is that people who know the person and distant relatives can view the person for the last time and bid their goodbyes to them. These traditions or beliefs are done by many people, whether they are affiliated with a particular religious belief or not. 

It is their way of sharing the person for the last time with the people they have been acquainted with or close friends with for a long time. It is also one way of honouring the person by giving a funeral service where everyone in the family will remember the person's goodness and life when they are still alive.

  • Saying Eulogies

  • If you have not attended one, you can hear and see this to almost all the burial or funeral services you follow and have seen and listened to this part of many times if you already have enough funeral services in your life. Eulogies are the last messages of the loved ones of the deceased person. They will either commemorate the life of the person.

    It's written on paper, and it can be long or short, depending on the person giving the eulogy. The people in the family mainly provide the tributes, their significant other, or the closest friend the person ever had. These are people that have a substantial impact on a person's life. 

  • Burying the body the same day it passed away. 

  • These traditions can be seen mainly during the burial process of the Islams and Jewish people. Since they don't believe in the embalming process of the deceased person's body, they have to bury them on the day they pass away. But it can be changed or lengthened on some occasions if it falls on Saturdays. It is because it is the Sabbath day of the Jews. 

    No one should be working, going out in their house and even burying a deceased loved one. And if the loved ones are far away, they need to wait for them before burying the body. They mourn after they bury the person's body. 

  • Giving a white piece of cloth to the family of the deceased person

  • Some traditions commemorate their loved ones after the forty (40) days they were buried. The families will gather again to cook to honour the life of the person who passes away. They prepare food for the guests who will remember with them. On the other hand, some of the traditions include ripping a small portion of the cloth and dividing how many young children are in the family. 

    The small portion of the white cloth will be tied to the wrist of each family member. They believe that the white fabric will protect these children from any nightmares and harmful spirits. They will only remove the cloth after seven (7) days after burying the demise. It will help them feel comforted and assured that the person will protect them from any harmful elements. 

    This tradition is commonly seen in Islam. Since they don't put the body in a coffin and embalm it, they wash the person's body first while saying an Islamic prayer. Once the bathing is done, it will be transferred to a large white cloth to wrap the body. The white material is given to the young children, and it is the cloth they need to divide tied around their wrist.