Continuing on from our International themed blogs today is National Day in Sweden. Now, traditionally, a blog about National Day in Sweden may seem like an odd subject for a UK based funeral plan provider. However, the history of funerals within the Scandinavian Kingdom is an interesting one.
Sweden is renowned for is vast multicultural population. Although Sweden is full to the brimof virtually all kinds of prominent world religion, they also have a very strong and proud identity for being a secularized country. The maintaining of such duality has, and always will, influence the way in which the Swedish government approaches the numerous funeral and burial practices. The modern approach sees each and every religious group (from Buddhist to Baptist to Jewish to Muslim and, most prominently Christianity)arehanded their own compound for their own purposes, no matter how unique. Christianity in Sweden has been the favoured religion since late in the 16th Century and remains so today. While their funeral ceremonies parallel those of Christians across the pond in USA, the Christian funerals in Sweden retain some personal, distinctive qualities that differ from the style in which many Christian Americans practice funeral traditions. There is a large prevalence of immediate family-based services which compounds the Swedes' reputations as generally very private, sometimes guarded people. "The Lutheran church was not particularly fond of communal festivities and processions," explains the country's official website, "and Sweden's scattered population in combination with the chilly climate meant that celebrations were moved indoors and became a family affair."
Current Statistics claim that circa 95,000 people pass away each year in Sweden and, according to various Swedish sites, the Law states that each and every one of them has to be buried. This had posed a logistical problem in some parishes due to the many religious groups living in close proximity and often coming together to form a truly diverse parish. To ensure that all religions are catered for, each parish must now provide sufficient burial space within the grounds of their cemeteries and even allow space for the various religious groups within the walls of the same burial ground in what, refreshingly, is unique in its concept.