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Handbook for Mortals : Questions About Funerals

Are there things that must be done right after the burial or cremation?

The law requires only that someone attend to the settling of the financial estate, but religious and family traditions may well make a number of other demands.

After funerals, families often invite others to join them at home or at a restaurant, to talk, remember the dead, and share a sense of fellowship and community.

In some religious traditions, family stay at home and receive visitors or say prayers for a substantial period. In some traditions, too, certain survivors are expected to wear special clothes or to abstain from certain activities for a prescribed period. Since these mandates are uncommon and vary substantially, family and friends might want to tell others in the death notice or in a handout given at other ceremonies.


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