Funeral Rites of Yesteryear and Today
Out of a desire to soothe the loss of our loved ones, the funeral rituals practiced today have evolved from those of our ancestors. Many such rituals provide us with a glimpse into the origins of societies, philosophies, religious beliefs and, of past civilizations.
The cremation of our beloved ones is not a new idea. Funeral urns have existed in many forms: terracotta, volcanic rock, limestone, alabaster, ceramic, marble, gold, silver and bronze. Funeral urns have been found throughout the world. Priceless examples, in history and material, can be found in museums, a testament to their original design and purpose.