- Funerals are conducted in the home without a eulogy, flower decorations, or any other display; caskets are plain and simple, without adornment.
- At death, a woman is usually buried in her bridal dress.
- One is believed to live on after death, either with eternal reward in heaven or punished in hell.
- A shrine to Buddha may be placed in the client’s room.
- Time for meditation at the shrine is important and should be respected.
- Client’s may refuse medications that may alter their awareness (such as opioids).
- After death, a monk may recite a prayer for 1 hour (need not be done in the presence of the body).
CHRISTIANITY (Catholics and Orthodox religions)
- A priest anoints the sick.
- Other sacraments before death include reconciliation and holy communion.
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (Mormons)
- May administer a sacrament if the client requires.
- Do not believe in sacraments.
- Will be excommunicated if they receive a blood transfusion.
- Prolongation of life is important (a client on life support must remain so until death)
- A dying person should not be left alone (a rabbi’s presence is desired).
- Autopsy and cremation are forbidden.
- Rituals include tying a thread around the neck or wrist of dying person, sprinkling the person with special water, and placing a leaf of basil on their tongue.
- After death, the sacred thread is not removed and the body is not washed.
- Second degree male relatives such as cousins or uncles should be the contact person and determine whether the client or family should be given information about the client.
- Client may choose to face Mecca (west or southwest in United States).
- The head should be elevated above the body.
- Discussions about death usually are not welcomed.
- Stopping medical treatment is against the will of Allah (Arabic word for God).
- Grief maybe expressed through slapping or hitting the body.
- If possible, only a same-gender Muslim should handle the body after death; if not possible, non-muslim should wear gloves so as not to touch the body.
- No last rites (anointing of the sick is accepted by some groups).
- Prayers are given to offer comfort and support.