|Google Image Search "Funeral Customs"|
Funeral rituals and customs are such an important part of our culture, though, as with every other ritual or element of our culture, they have changed through time.
I was reminded of this when I read All-night wakes a rarity, but remain common among Native Americans
Add the once somewhat common all-night wake to the casualties of an age of harried lifestyles and far-flung families.
Years ago, the practice of friends and families gathering for an all-night visitation was observed in various traditions, with the boisterous “Irish wake” perhaps the most well-known.
But the observance has become rare in this area except for American Indians, where it still is commonly practiced, according to funeral directors and clergy.
Have you noticed the same change in how wakes are handled in your family or community ?
Are there other funeral rituals which have waned? Definitely. As stated in Funeral customs undergoing rapid change, the number of cremations is steadily on the rise.
Funeral customs in the
undergoing rapid change. In the 1980s, the percent of bodies cremated first
reached double digits, according to the Cremation Association of United States . The group estimates that
cremation will account for the disposition of nearly 60 percent of all bodies in
2025. North America
And, what about the use of tech ?!?! Whether it’s sending a condolence note to be posted on the designated funeral homes page or as stated in Mourning becomes electric: Tech changes the way we grieve ...
In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virtual candles on memorial websites, upload video tributes to YouTube and express sadness through online funeral home guest books. Mourners affix adhesive-backed "QR code" chips to the tombstones of their beloved, so visitors can pull up photos and videos with a scan of a smartphone.
Those in need of consolation can replay the streaming video of a funeral service to hear a cleric's comforting words....
You can learn more about trends in funeral services from the National Funeral Directors Association or when in Houston TX, visit the National Museum of Funeral History.
Have you noticed changes in funeral customs & rituals in your family or community ?
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to [email protected]. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!