early America, home funerals were the practice everywhere,
and each community had a group of women who came in to help
with the "laying out of the dead." Visitation was
held in the front parlor followed by a procession to the
church and cemetery.
In some parts of North America, religious and ethnic groups
have maintained the practice of caring for their own dead.
With the spread of the Hospice movement, families are assuming
more responsibility at the time of death, and home or church
funerals are again returning. Those who have been involved
with such funerals have found them therapeutic and meaningful,
with costs being minimal.
When the term "traditional" is
used it generally means:
- A time of visitation with the family,
during which the casket may be present ("viewing" is
most often done by the immediate family and friends during
- A religious service in a church
- And/or a graveside ceremony for earth
burial of the body or cremated remains
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