Thailand Begins Royal Cremation Ceremony Rehearsals

The 2016 American cremation statistics indicate that soon, cremation will overtake burial as America’s preferred death rite. In some countries, it has always been a common death rite. That is why Thailand recently began Royal Cremation rehearsals.

Bhumibol Adulyadej’s seven-decade reign as King of Thailand came to an end when he died at the age of 88 in October 2016. At the time of his death, he ruled as the world’s longest reigning monarch.

Thailand must officially mourn Adulyadej’s passing for one year. That mourning period comes to an end this October with elaborate ceremonies that begin on October 25th. The cremation happens on October 26th and has been declared an official holiday. The ceremonies continue until October 29th.

The five day funerary rites require much preparation.

Huge Crematorium Being Built

Near the royal palace, officials are erecting a large crematorium in a field called Sanam Luang. The field has long been associated with royal events which might be surprising, given that pigeons and beggars populate it. But since Bangkok came into existence, the royals have turned to the area to perform many rituals. They build massive funeral pyres there for all in the royal lineage. The park even has an alternative name, Thung Phra Men, which translates to Cremation Ground.

Cremation Beyond Thailand

Cremation is an ancient death ritual that has been used since the beginning of time. Archeologists have discovered evidence of it throughout history. At one time, the ceremony mostly commemorated dead soldiers and battlefield honors. The Romans cremated their leaders after releasing an eagle into the sky.

Of course, American cremations tend to be more basic.

Over in this Part of the World

While America lacks the pomp and circumstance, it has begun to see that cremation saves money, saves the earth from burial plots, and allows people the freedom to spread their ashes or keep them stored with loved ones. Over here, it is more of a practicality than an honorary ritual, but that does not mean it cannot be a beautiful ceremony.

We suggest that you sit down and think about what you want to happen before or after you are cremated. There are several options, including a church service. Ask your family and friends how they want to celebrate your life. Think about the memories you want them to share and the music you want played. It is your funerary rite.

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