Purification by Fire , the holy practice of Cremation has been practiced by many peoples and religions for centuries. It has also been the choice of many Artists, Atheists and Agnostics in the modern world since the mid 20th Century. The primeval element of FIRE attracts many like moths to the flame. It's rituals are practiced in every corner of the Earth since accidentally being discovered by early man.
BURNING INCENSE is another purification practice burned to rid the atmosphere of negative energy (or evil) in every culture from the Himalayan mountains of Tibet to the Catholic Cathedrals of all of Europe .From the Navaho & Hopi pueblos to the Ifa based ceremonies in Cuba, Puerto Rico, New Orleans and Brazil. It was the rare gift of precious incense - Myrrh ,Frankincense given to the child Jesus of Nazareth by the Magi. In Buddhism it is burned to clear Maras or demons who disturb the meditation of those who sincerely practice Dharma.
When possible , gather the closet of family and friends and meditate in a circle burning INCENSE (click here) in the room of the crematory while the body is being cremated to purify the healing, the grieving, and the migration of the deceased to the next realm.
BURNING OF CANDLES - The burning of candles is also a tradition in many cultures for prayer, meditation and healing & purifying a Sacred Space.
( SHROUDS are often purchased in advance and kept wrapped in their box, with the Will , Advance Healthcare Directives , final wishes ,etc. tucked away in a closet or cedar chest -with the family well informed of their whereabouts and clear instructions about what to do when the time comes. This is a very smart ,mature and kind thing to do for your loved ones.)
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