Buddhist Funerals

Funerals are a time of mourning and a chance for loved ones to say goodbye to those who have passed away. In the Buddhist tradition, funerals are considered an important event that not only provides closure for the deceased but also helps guide them on their journey to the afterlife.

The practices of chanting, meditating, and making offerings are important rituals that occur during a Buddhist funeral. These are performed to bring comfort and peace to those who are grieving, and help the departed soul transition to their new state of being.

At Personal Farewells, we believe that everyone deserves a respectful and personalised funeral service. We specialise in Buddhist funerals tailored to individual needs and cultural practices.

Our team understands the importance of honouring the memory of your loved one, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you’re looking to incorporate specific Buddhist traditions or simply want to create a meaningful farewell, we’re committed to making this difficult time a little easier for you and your family. Let us help you celebrate the life of your loved one in a way that is both respectful and heartfelt.

What Are Buddhist Funeral Rites?

Buddhism being one of the oldest religions in the world, has its own unique funeral rites. These rites are deeply rooted in Buddhist teachings and beliefs, and they are meant to help the deceased on their journey to the afterlife.

During these rites, there is often chanting and the burning of incense and candles, creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere. Family members and loved ones of the deceased are encouraged to participate, sharing memories and expressing their grief through traditional offerings such as flowers or donations to charity. Overall, Buddhist funeral rites are a way to honour the passing of a loved one while also finding solace and meaning in the journey of life itself.

It’s important to note that as with any religion, Buddhism has a variety of funeral rights that are practised among its different sects. Each sect has its unique customs and practices. Buddhist funeral rites are generally classified into two categories; Theravada and Mahayana.


In Theravada Buddhism, funeral rites are quite simple. A monk is invited to preside over the funeral ceremony, which is held within a week of the person’s death. During the ceremony, the monk recites chants and prayers to guide the deceased towards a positive rebirth. Friends and family also bring offerings such as food, flowers, and candles to honour the deceased and make merit on their behalf.

Theravada is the oldest and most conservative form of Buddhism, and it is practised mainly in Southeast Asia in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.


In Mahayana Buddhism, funeral rites are more elaborate and take place over a longer period of time. The ceremony usually lasts for 49 days after the death, and it involves reciting sutras, making offerings, and performing other rituals. The purpose of these rites is to help the deceased navigate through the bardo, the intermediate state between death and rebirth.

Mahayana is a more modern form of Buddhism and is primarily practised in countries like China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.

Regardless of these differences, the Buddhist approach to death and mourning is one of peace and acceptance, emphasising the importance of inner peace, compassion, and contemplation on the impermanence of life.

Experienced Buddhist Funeral Directors

At Personal Farewells, you can trust our experienced and compassionate staff to handle your farewell with the utmost care and respect. As specialists in providing meaningful Buddhist funeral services, we understand the importance of creating a memorable and comforting experience for your loved ones. Our friendly and accommodating team is dedicated to catering to all types of Buddhist faiths and denominations, and we take great pride in bringing your unique wishes to life.

Family Values

At Personal Farewells, we prioritise family values in everything we do. As a 100% family-owned and operated business, we understand the importance of providing top-quality service, just like a family would.

With our end-to-end service, we’re here to support you every step of the way. We pay close attention to every detail, ensuring that all aspects are handled with the utmost care and respect.

Fully Tailored Services

We understand that different families have different preferences, and that’s why we’re committed to working closely with each family to ensure their farewell experience truly reflects their loved one.

If you’re after a traditional Buddhist ceremony coupled with a more Western-style wake, we’ve got your needs covered. At Personal Farewells, we’ll help you create a farewell ceremony that is uniquely tailored to your individual needs, making it an occasion to remember

Trust and Support

We understand that the loss of a loved one can be one of the most challenging experiences in life. In such a period it is crucial to have a supportive team by your side assisting you through each and every stage


Our dedicated team is here to provide caring and professional assistance. We offer a single point of contact for all your bereavement needs allowing you to focus on your healing journey. Additionally, our round-the-clock 24/7 email and phone support ensures that we are always available whenever you require our assistance the most


Affordable Prices

In times of loss, emotions can truly overwhelm us, and the last thing anyone needs is to carry the weight of financial concerns on their shoulders. Here at Personal Farewells, we genuinely grasp the difficulties that funerals can pose, both emotionally and financially


That’s why we provide families with high-quality personalised funeral packages at an affordable price. Our experts have created a selection of funeral services that have been designed to fit every budget.

For those who practise Buddhism, funerals hold a significant importance. The emphasis placed on compassion, mindfulness, and selflessness in Buddhist teachings allows for a unique approach to funeral rituals. One that prioritises honouring and supporting the deceased, as well as comforting those left behind.

From offering flowers and incense to tending to the remains in a thoughtful and respectful manner, there are a variety of practices and customs involved in a Buddhist funeral that highlight the importance of harmony and togetherness

At Personal Farewells, we understand that saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. That’s why we’re here to provide the necessary support to ensure that their final journey is a reflection of their unique journey through life.

If you or your loved one is Buddhist, our team of dedicated specialists can help to create a service that honours their spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions. From the ceremony to the burial or cremation, we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that every detail is personalised and meaningful. Trust us to give your loved one the farewell they deserve.

For any of your Buddhist Funeral arrangements, why not contact us today?

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