People wear black to funerals as a traditional symbol for mourning and as respect for the deceased. The tradition first dates back to England in the time of the Roman Empire. More »

Like the apparel of many countries, typical Chinese clothing is subject to changing fashion trends. It has become increasingly common to find the nationalist blending of traditional and modern motifs and styles, featurin... More » World View Social Sciences Cultures & Traditions

The clothing of the 1950s emphasized cultural conformity and gender differences. Women wore clothes that emphasized their feminine figures, including full A-line skirts, which emphasized the width of the hips, as well as... More »

The stalwart of black gospel songs for funerals is Thomas Dorsey's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Written in 1932, Dorsey's classic is perhaps the most iconic black spiritual of all time. Dorsey adapted the melody from a... More »

There are a wide number of songs to choose from for funerals, including hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," or meaningful contemporary songs, such as "Dance With My Father Again" by Luther Vandross an... More »

"When I Think of Death" by Maya Angelou and Henry Scott Holland's "Death is Nothing at All" are poems commonly read at funerals. "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann is another popular reading. More » Holidays & Celebrations

The Knanaya Vision website acts as an informational and communal hub for members of the Knanaya religion, and it includes a streaming broadcast that often shows the funerals of Knanaya members. Funerals loosely follow th... More » Holidays & Celebrations