Category: Celtic Cross Headstones

How to decide whether to cremate or bury?

Direct cremation, in particular, is considered less costly since it lowers costs by saving on terrestrial space.

It is a very personal decision made by the individual or family members. In addition to taking into consideration the wishes, feelings and beliefs of the deceased loved one, there is also the fear in some people of being decomposed or buried alive.

Religious and cultural beliefs also play an important role in this decision. With the exception of Orthodox Judaism, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Islam, most religions accept the process of cremation.

In fact, this system has been practiced in Hinduism since time immemorial, believing that not only cremation serves as a means to get rid of the body but also helps the deceased soul on his journey to the next world. The burial ground, on the other hand, symbolizes the burial and resurrection of Christ.

Cremation is also being promoted for social, technological and philosophical reasons. There are concerns about public hygiene due to corpses buried near the surface of the earth.

In addition, technological advancement has led to the creation of modern cremation kits that can help reduce the body to its basic elements. However, there are environmental concerns associated with the emission of gases released during cremations.

Cremation or burial

Cremation reduces the body to cremated remains in a matter of hours, while traditional burial follows a slow and natural decomposition process.

Direct cremations are more cost effective than direct burials, as they do not require embalming. In addition, you have the option of keeping the body in an alternative container instead of a coffin.

Cremation is a simpler process that also helps save floor space, unlike in the case of a burial. However, both are considered safe ways of dealing with the corpse.

As people today live far from their family roots, cremation provides more flexibility in terms of commemoration compared to the method of burying in a graveyard.

The cremated remains can be stored in a cremation urn and displayed on a shelf or mantle at home, scattered in the ground, scattered from the air from an airplane, floating in water, placed in a columbarium, buried in a cemetery or buried in a crypt inside a mausoleum. You can carry with you the cremated remains of the deceased if you move to another city, which is not possible in case of burial.

However, since cremation is an irreversible process, it is essential to decide and be clear if cremation or burial is preferred.

In addition, it must be taken into account that cremation is not a substitute for the funeral since the final disposal of the remains is also required.

Other alternatives are to perform a funeral before cremation or a memorial service later. By choosing cremation, the ashes of the loved one can then be scattered, buried or buried.

What to wear to a funeral

Funerals are a time when we pay our respects to the dead. It’s important that you’re dressed appropriately and in black, though there is much flexibility with what color or style of clothing would suit your personal tastes best- bright colours can be very uplifting during this somber occasion!

This passage talks about how funerals have changed over recent years as more people look towards celebrations instead; traditionally reserved only for those who die young (or otherwise), these services allow everyone else also have their say so they do not feel left out leading up until an emotional goodbye afterwards where feelings may run high depending on circumstance.

If you are unsure of what to wear, it’s important to be respectful to the deceased. The family may set a specific dress code, or want you to wear a certain colour, so it’s always best to double check with them first.

Here is our guide for what to wear to a funeral:

What is appropriate clothing for a funeral?

Traditionally, funeral etiquette suggests men and women wear black clothing that’s conservative and respectful. Black or dark colours are most common, but some cultures expect mourners to wear a less traditional funeral colour. The weather and location of funeral services can also play a factor, so try and consider these elements before you decide what to wear.

If you are attending a celebration of life, woodland burial or a funeral in an alternative venue to a place of worship or crematorium, you may find that the family of the deceased are expecting a less formal attire for these occasions. They may request a less traditional dress or may have a personalised theme they would like you to adhere to.

What to wear to a funeral that is not black?

Wearing black to a funeral is generally acceptable across Western society. However, not all cultures consider black as the appropriate colour for a funeral. For instance, black is considered inappropriate at a Hindu funeral or Sikh funeral; instead, mourners (both male and female) are expected to wear white. Here are some other popular colours worn worldwide:

 

  • Red – in South Africa, red is sometimes worn as a colour of mourning. For a Ghanain funeral, it’s traditional for members of the community to wear black and white while the immediate family will wear red and black.
  • Purple – in Thailand, purple represents sorrow and is often worn by widows during the mourning period. Purple is also worn in Brazil alongside black.
  • Grey – in Papua New Guinea, a widow applies a stone-coloured clay to their skin while mourning their husband.
  • Bright colours – many African, Caribbean/West Indies, humanist and non-religious funerals in the UK and across the world will opt for more vibrant colours. Wearing bright colours to a funeral can reinforce the celebration of life.
  • Subdued colours like grey, maroon and navy blue can be a good alternative to black.

That being said, it’s best to speak to a family member regarding what they want you to wear.

Celtic Cross Headstones

The desire to be remembered after death dates back to ancient Roman and Celtic cultures. Roman headstones frequently chronicled the heroic battles of the deceased along with their name and rank in the army. Celtic headstone history is steeped in symbolism and dates back to the time of St. Patrick.

It is believed that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, and is reflected in the headstones which were replicas of Celtic crosses. It has its roots in pagan culture, as much of Christian symbols and celebrations do. By mimicking familiar pagan rituals, it was easier to convert the ‘barbarians’ to Christianity. For example, it is thought that the Celtic Sun is represented by the circle through the cross which is so recognizable today as a Christian Celtic cross.

Soon the Christian church was the epicentre of life for the Irish. Countless generations of families ensured that at least one son became a priest to bring God’s blessing to the family. Other members of the household became skilled craftsmen who built the churches, designed the glorious stained-glass windows or etched the headstones of the deceased in the style of the Celtic cross to ensure safe passage to heaven for their family.

The famous Irish dry humour has long been part of Celtic culture, and is reflected in headstone sayings such as “Once I stood where thou dost now, and viewed the dead as thou lost me, Ere long though lie as low as me, and others stand and look at thee.”

As the great Irish emigration to American began (where rock like sandstone, marble, and limestone were abundant), the familiar Celtic cross headstones began to appear in cemeteries. Particularly in cities where the Irish tended to flock like Boston, New York and Chicago, Celtic churches and churchyards sprung up, and this is where many parishioners were buried. Visit any historic graveyard and it will likely bear the unmistakable mark of the ancient pagan-inspired symbolism.

Today, it is common practice to etch a meaningful headstone expression to leave a message about the dearly departed for all of eternity. More often than not it is a verse of the Bible, or inspirational words to family members or even strangers who happen to meander by the final resting place. A practice that is thousands of years old, yet holds as much meaning today as it did in antiquity. Buckley Memorials will spend as much time as needed to help your family select the right headstone for your dearly departed.

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