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How To Plan An Asian Funeral

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Planning an Asian funeral can be a challenging task. In most cases, you might be worried that minor oversights on your part could complicate the funeral. Nevertheless, these tips should help you plan and execute a befitting funeral. 

Consider The Wishes Of The Deceased

Your immediate concern would be whether the departed had any wishes regarding their funeral ceremony. For instance, it could be they wanted the funeral held on a specific day or buried at a particular spot. Moreover, assess whether they had pre-arranged funeral plans. If they did, use the available funds to offset the funeral costs. 

Consult With The Family 

The deceased's immediate family should have a say on how they want to hold the Asian funeral ceremony. For instance, ask them to suggest a funeral program so they can decide on the guest speakers on the D-day. It also enables them to determine the need for a wake before the funeral. Inquire whom they would want to attend the funeral. Remember, the family has insider information on the close associates and childhood friends of the deceased. As such, they will ensure the funeral guests are people who share a close connection with their loved one. 

Cultural Considerations 

Culture will significantly influence the wedding planning and execution process. Therefore, evaluate the following: 

  • Does the deceased's culture require family members to conduct rites on the body before the funeral? For instance, family members could be required to hold prayers, apply special oils on the body or dress the body in a particular dress.
  • Does the culture compel guests to wear a specific dress code? If so, ensure the invites inform the guests what to wear.
  • Who presides over the funeral ceremony in the deceased's culture? It could be close family or religious leaders.
  • How does the deceased's culture dispose of the body? For example, some cultures hold a burial while others opt to cremate the body.
  • Does the funeral planning process comprise post-interment events? For instance, the family might need to hold a memorial or a grave sweeping event. 

Guests' Welfare 

How will you take care of guests during the funeral ceremony? Most people will be grieving the loss of their loved one; therefore, you must make them as comfortable as you can. For example, tents will prevent guests from standing for long hours, predisposing them to fainting. Furthermore, provide water and snacks to keep the guests hydrated and full. The master of ceremony should be someone who can comfort the guests. It is a way to help guests avoid anxiety attacks during the funeral.