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Cultural & Religious Funeral Customs


Approaching the funeral of a friend from a society or faith community different than your own can be an anxiety-producing task, but gaining a sense of what to expect reduces that anxiety. The following sections have been written for Selected Independent Funeral Homes by the Reverend William G. "Bill" Hoy, DMin, FT. They provide insight into the lives of a variety of fictional families who have experienced a death, and they offer helpful resources for additional research. To read the stories, chose one from the list below:

You also can learn more about how educating yourself about different cultural and religious traditions can benefit you and those who are grieving a loss.




William G. Hoy, DMin, FT is the director of Texas-based Grief Connect, a Center for bereavement education. As an educator, author and counselor, he has walked alongside grieving people for more than 25 years. In addition to presenting more than 70 invited lectures each year to groups of caregiving professionals across the United States and Canada, Dr. Hoy teaches in the Medical Humanities Program, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.

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