When a death occurs a variety of things impact the traditions, customs and practices observed that relate to the funeral, burial, memorial service, grieving process and honoring the departed. One of the strongest influences for the rituals of the funeral and the process of healing from grief is the religious background of the individual and respective level of observance.
Practices of culture often affect the traditions and rituals that are involved in honoring the deceased. Culture may incorporate a spiritual element into the expressions of mourning and grief, but is not tied to a specific religion. Each culture has its own traditions and mores for grief and mourning.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the LDS church), or often simply called the Mormon Church, is a Christian denomination that considers itself to be the true restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. The denomination has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and has formed churches, called wards or branches, around the world.
When the Roman Catholic and the Protestant Christian traditions are added together, Christianity is the world’s largest religion with nearly 2.4 billion followers around the world. Roman Catholicism is the largest church in Christianity with more than 1.2 billion followers. It claims to be the oldest tradition within Christianity, tracing its roots all the way to the times of the New Testament.
Christianity, including the Roman Catholic and the Protestant traditions, is the world’s largest religion with nearly 2.4 billion followers around the world. Encompassing approximately one billion believers, or the equivalent of over forty percent of Christianity, Protestant Christianity is a form of faith and practice within Christianity.