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Interesting Facts About Funerals

Death is a common ground that unites us all. It is inevitable, and yet shrouded in mystery. Many people fear death, and it’s no surprise as to why. To shed some light on some of the lesser known parts of dying, we thought it would be interesting to put together a few interesting facts about funerals which you may not have known before.

Not All Funerals Are Sad

Our culture tends to treat dying as a very sad affair. Funerals in the UK are serious occasions where it’s not always considered appropriate to be joyful. However, this isn’t always the case around the world. In New Orleans, some funerals are accompanied by jazz processions which play upbeat music. People often dance as part of the occasion.

The Romans Began Wearing Black

The tradition of wearing black to a funeral is still very much alive. It’s believed that this began in Roman times, where it was popular to wear black or dark colours as a symbol of grief. The Victorians continued on this trend throughout history. Although it’s still popular to wear black, some people request that people wear other colours now. Most respectful, formal clothing is appropriate to wear to a ceremony nowadays.

mourners holding flowers

Flowers Weren’t Always For Decorative Purposes

Flowers have a very strong association with funerals. However, they weren’t only for visual appeal or symbolic purposes. Many years ago, when preserving the dead wasn’t done as well as it is today, flowers were used to mask any unpleasant odours. Rosemary was also often used instead of flowers. It is associated with eternal life, but also has a strong fragrance which no doubt served a similar purpose to the flowers.

We Don’t Know The Full History Of Funerals

Around a thousand years of funerals during the Iron Age have gone relatively undocumented. There are a limited amount of human remains from those times, so we haven’t been able to identify any traditional ways of managing death. It’s likely that bodies were cremated or exposed to the elements, which would explain the lack of remains from those years.

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