* Viewing Services will take place in a funeral home, although some viewings can also be conducted in a church. In some areas of the US, the viewing may occur in the home of the deceased or that of a relative. The viewing is often held the evening before the day of the funeral, however, it can also occur immediately before the funeral service on the same day.
* The funeral service is usually held between 3 to 5 days following the death. The service is usually officiated by clergy and can take place in either a church or funeral home. If the service is to be held at church, the deceased is transported from the funeral home to the church in a hearse, which is part of the funeral procession. During the service, prayers, readings from the Bible or other sacred texts, hymns and songs, and words of comfort and a eulogy are given.
* A burial service is considered the final part of many US and Canadian traditions. It is the final moment to say a final farewell before laying the body of the deceased to rest. It typically takes place at the grave site, tomb, mausoleum or crematorium if the body will undergo cremation
* A correct funeral in Africa begins with the removal of the body from the home. Previous to a person dying, a hole is made in the side of the home. When it is time to remove the body from the home, it is taken out of the house through the hole instead of a door, feet first. This is to keep the spirit from finding an easy way back into the home. As the body is being transported to the place of burial, thorns and sticks are placed along the way and a zigzag pattern is used to confuse the spirit. These precautions are taken so that the spirit does not bother the living.
* It is common to sacrifice animals as part of the death ritual in Africa. An ox is the popular choice, as it is believed this animal will accompany the deceased...