Buddhist and Taoist Funeral
In Buddhism, death marks the transition from this life to the next for the deceased. Among Buddhists death is regarded as an occasion of major religious significance, both for the deceased and for the survivors. 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.
Taoists have been doing funerals since Taoism began. Funerary practices in Taoism are varied in their details, drawing upon a number of traditions. Taoists are very serious when it comes to nourishing life and sending off the dead. The main purpose for a funeral is to have peace for the souls of the dead and to divide the dead from the living, so that the shadow of death will not linger with the people who are not dead