An important part of the grieving and healing process is visiting the grave site of the loved one. The visit to the cemetery or mausoleum expresses a strong statement that the deceased as not been forgotten. Religions and cultures often have traditions about how often and when the cemetery should be visited. Many religions stress the importance of remembering and honoring those who have passed away while maintaining a balance of continuing life with a hope for the future.
The death and burial customs of a religion concerning the funeral and burial can provide structure and comfort for the grieving family during the difficult time of loss. In many religions, the rituals also prepare the deceased for the life to come. The time before death to many Buddhists is a time to comfort and soothe the mind and spirit of the one dying. By creating a positive atmosphere, the family passes on the merits of good karma to help prepare the spirit for a good rebirth and next life.
There may be no more beloved piece of writing to provide strength, comfort and hope during times of grief than the twenty-third Psalm. A staple part of many funerals and most gravesite services, the Psalm was actually written to encourage faithful living in times of trouble – even if the trouble should lead to deat