Buddhist Funerals

Buddhist funeral customs vary from one country to another. Overall, Buddhist funerals are serene and peaceful. 

The deceased’s photo, candles, and flowers are displayed at the altar. Family transfers merit to their loved one through various rituals. Families traditionally wear white in addition to a headband or an armband. 

Guests may chant prayers, offer fruit, ring bells, and burn incense. 

Cremation is traditional but burial is allowed as well. Families may assist in lowering the casket if this is the case.