05 Sep 2021 | 19:40
A typical funeral is usually held within a week of death, or up to two weeks if embalming is used. So if it feels like everything is moving at a breakneck pace, it is. When it comes to arranging a funeral, there are many alternatives to consider and decisions to make. While 5-10 days is plenty of time to get everything done, it can be a bit of a rush. Still many believe funerals had to happen rapidly because of the inevitable decay of the body. However, by no means is there a rule. Funerals can be held as soon as a day or two following death in some cultures and areas.
The funeral, on the other hand, can also take up to two weeks or even a month after the death with adequate preservation measures. If the body will be present during the funeral, embalming and/or refrigeration will be required. It helps to keep the deceased well-preserved before the service if it will last more than a few days. Are the ashes buried or cremated? Then it’s a very different story. After the cremation, the family can hold the funeral whenever they like. If the deceased has already been cremated or the ashes have already been scattered, the memorial ceremony can be organised at a later date.
When it comes to funerals, there is no such thing as a standard situation. When it comes to organising a funeral, every death, family, and situation is unique. While some people can have a funeral right away, many others are unable to and are inclined to postpone. There is no right or wrong way to handle it, and some people even find it easier to wait since they may grieve and plan without feeling rushed. Following are some of the common reasons for delaying a funeral: Time constraints- Some people require additional time before having a funeral. This could be because friends and family members must return to the location of the funeral. Others may require or desire additional time to organise the funeral; planning a funeral is a lot of effort, and if the deceased did not leave behind any documents, it may be even more difficult.
Elaborate Last Wishes– The deceased may have hoped for something that is difficult to fulfil or that takes a long time to put together. If the ceremony is scheduled for a specific time and date, there may be a longer wait than usual. This could be exacerbated by the costs of storing the body till then. Criminal Investigation- If foul play is suspected in the death of a family member, the body will be held until the investigation is completed. This includes things like insurance and unjust deaths. If this occurs, the coroner may require some time to release the body, causing the funeral to be postponed. Bad Weather Conditions- Weather is another reason why families may postpone funerals to wait for better weather. It is common for a loved one to die away during the winter months, and they may or may not be able to wait until spring or summer. Hurricanes, heatwaves, floods, and other related hazards are also present. If people try to get to the funeral, it might be extremely dangerous for everyone concerned.