Buddhist Funeral Services
Among Buddhists death is regarded as an occasion of major religious significance, both for the deceased and for the family and friends. For the deceased it marks the moment when the transition begins to a new mode of existence within the round of rebirths. When death occurs all the Karmic forces that the dead person accumulated during the course of his or her lifetime become activated and set about determining the next rebirth. For the living, death is a powerful reminder of the Buddha’s teaching on impermanence; it also provides an opportunity to assist the deceased person as he or she fares on to the new existence.