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Mexican Funerals

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Mexican Funerals

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

With the death of Omar’s grandfather yesterday, it seems like a good time to talk about Mexican funerals.  Of course, details will differ from family to family and among the social classes, but here is an example of what you might find.

Omar’s family pays a monthly fee on a funeral package, so everything is covered when the service is needed.

The funeral home itself is quite swank, with lots of carved wood, two story statues of the saints, and an outside terrace with a gardened waterfall.  Fruit juices, coffee, and tea are available.  There is a small viewing room, and just off that a very small area for the immediate family to compose themselves.

Other funeral homes we have been to are much more Spartan.

The casket is usually open, but with a Plexiglas window through which you view the departed.

The family stays at the funeral home all night, talking and sleeping on chairs and couches.  Burial is the following day, unless people are traveling from far away, when there may be an extra day for viewing.

Flowers are welcome, but they are not usually found in profusion.  White predominates, as do shield-like circular designs about 3 feet across, with a background of palm fronds and a simple design of white mums, all set up on an easel.

Older folks usually want a traditional burial, but the younger generation is more likely to consider cremation.

Dan and Omar

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