Dealing with Death

In Three Different Religions

Buddhism:

  • Monks chant during time of death and funerals.
  • Body is prepared in everyday clothes, nothing fancy.
  • Those mourning wear white, not black.
  • Services are held on the third, seventh, forty-ninth, and one hundredth day after death.
  • Dana (purifies the giver's mind) is performed and allows blessings to the community and transferred to the deceased.
  • The casket is to be left open with a picture of the deceased, flowers, fruit, candles, etc. beside it.

Christianity:

  • Christians believe in eternal life, you will now enter the gates of Heaven.
  • After someones death a funeral in the form of a church service is held for their remembrance.
  • People will place flowers and objects that mean something to that in front of the gravestone.
  • Families have the option to cremate or bury the body.

Muslim:

  • Live their life preparing for death so when the time comes they are ready. (daily prayers are important)
  • The dead remain in their tombs until the day of judgement before Allah. The way they lived their life (good or bad) determines if they go to heaven or hell.
  • As soon as someone dies, those around are to say:“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi ilayhi raji’un” (“verily we belong to Allah, and truly to him shall we return.” They then close the eyes of the person and place a clean sheet over them. Last, they make "dua" (supplication) to Allah to forgive the sins of the deceased.
  • The body is to be washed three times and shrouded, then wrapped in a white sheet and buried in a wooden box.
  • They hold "Salat al- Janazah" (recited funeral prayers) in the mosque.
  • Three days after the death the families have visitors who provide food for them.
  • The body is buried immediately after the death. The body is to be buried on its right side so that it is facing Mecca. A small stone will be placed on top for recognition but nothing big.
  • Men are the only ones allowed at the gravesite and those who bury it have to recite "Bismillah wa ala millati rasulillah" ("In the name of Allah and in the faith of the Messenger of Allah")