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Old 11-10-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default (06) Death & Burial

The most common belief among the Edolene is that when a life is spent it is proper that the body be returned to the earth.

A priest will wash and anoint the body to prepare it for its mortal slumber, dabbing the forehead with oils and laying a shroud upon it. When available or if possible, Morte Sacerdote will be called to proceed over the funeral rites as they are often considered to be more knowledgeable of the process, however their services often come at a price and usually only the wealthy can afford them. In noble households, there may be a viewing period before the funeral if the body is not too ravaged, but in warmer seasons this time will be very short. A cast of the deceased's face may be taken to make a death mask, which are kept as tokens of remembrance by the families. Sometime after the viewing, a priest or a Morte Sacerdote will place coins given to them by the deceased's family upon the eyes that they will be able to pay for passage to judgment.

Nobles and rich merchants are laid to rest in family tombs, but if the tomb is not within the residence then extra precaution (read: money for extra security) must be taken to ward off grave robbers. During the period of imperial rule, some traditional families would transfer the major organs of their deceased into jars before interment. Peasants are buried in wooden coffins if their families can afford the luxury, or simply in dirt graves within their local cemetery.

The funeral service is simple and sedate, and a loud showing of grief in public is considered embarrassing to both the family and the deceased. There are no standard mourning periods except for widows, who must wait forty days before marrying again, although a very short or overly long mourning period may be a topic of gossip within the court. The only exception is for widows with few prospects of remarrying, who may remain in mourning for the rest of their lives or possibly even join the godly orders, and for parents of adult children, who may mourn their loss for however long they choose.
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