As today is the national day in Belgium celebrating their independence, I found that it was an astute time to look at funerals within Belgium. Looking at their historic funerals and what customs are followed today.
Belgium gained independence in 1830. However, Belgium has been part of larger lands around Netherlands and Germany, dating back to pre-historic time and Pagans. Similar to customs in Denmark, the Pagans celebrated death and rejoiced the deceased entrance to Valhalla. The idea of celebration when a loved one dies differs entirely from today.
Like much of Western Europe, Belgium and its surrounding lands were invaded by The Roman Empire. As a result of this, their religious background is similar to what we have in the UK and much of Europe. Catholicism is their foremost religion; as such their customs and traditions follow a similar pattern that is the norm in many western countries.
Many citizens in Belgium follow all the catholic procedures in terms of Christmas, baptisms and funerals. A traditional Belgium funeral contains things like a dark dress code, a traditional brown coffin and specific hymns and music during the ceremony. The deceased can be cremated or buried. Even though there are more cremations within Belgium, burial is still a very popular choice in comparison to other western countries.
Belgian has however changed in the last few decades, with more personal and non-traditional funerals. In certain urban areas, the traditional practises have almost disappeared. Funerals have become more individualised with each person doing what he/she thinks its best - rather than sticking to the conventions.
If you want a traditional funeral or something more personal and unique - SafeHands offers a wide range of services that cater to many customs and religious backgrounds. For any information on what a funeral plan provides feel free to contact us