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Funerals — Evil HR Woman


I’ll be attending my second funeral of September in the present day–third in case you depend Queen Elizabeth’s.

Whereas Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was actually a lot grander (and longer!) than any funeral I’ve attended in particular person, the costume code (minus the hats) is what I used to be used to within the US.

Males put on darkish fits. Girls put on darkish clothes or good darkish pants.

I’ve attended 5 or 6 Swiss funerals in my 13 years right here and one for a fellow ex-pat. In the present day’s funeral is for my good buddy Richard Brown who was a part of my Improv Staff. Richard is the larger-than-life man within the center. He was hilarious, form, humorous, good, and gone too quickly.

Whereas I’m not fairly certain what to anticipate at Richard’s funeral, as Richard was very outstanding within the Basel Theater Group and this shall be a celebration of life, with numerous performances by folks he acted with, directed, and produced over time, I think it received’t be fairly like QEII’s funeral. In spite of everything, Richard produced Hire in Switzerland, and I do know there shall be performances from that manufacturing.

And but, I think it received’t be like Swiss funerals both.

Funerals are one thing with a wealthy cultural heritage in each tradition. There isn’t a “proper” or “incorrect” strategy to do it. There are culturally appropriate methods, however how issues go is culturally pushed.

Listed below are the (normal) variations I’ve seen between a Swiss non secular funeral and an American non secular funeral. (Admittedly, I’ve by no means been to a non-religious Swiss funeral.) And take into account, I stay within the German talking area, so the opposite areas could also be far completely different. Nonetheless, I believe the variations are attention-grabbing.

American: Deceased is “current” of their casket, which sits on the entrance of the church. Typically there’s a viewing or wake earlier than the place you’ll be able to see the deceased.

Swiss: No casket on the funeral. Even when the particular person will not be but buried or cremated, they don’t carry the physique to the church.

American: Majority buried (though, funeral administrators suppose it will change).

Swiss: Majority cremated. (Even in case you’re buried, typically you lease the plot for 20 years, at which level, you’ll be dug up and cremated.)

American costume code: Males in darkish fits, girls in darkish clothes or pants. Enterprise formal apparel.

Swiss costume code: Come as you’re. A number of denims. Some fits and a few clothes, however clearly it isn’t a requirement.

American: Good eulogy learn by a member of the family

Swiss: Good euology learn by a member of the family

America: Spiritual message

Swiss: Relgious message

American: Folks observe from the church to the cemetery for burial

Swiss: Since there isn’t any physique on the funeral, if there may be to be a burial, it’s scheduled later within the day.

So whereas there are numerous many issues which might be the identical, these small cultural variations exist. And they’re okay. And if you wish to maintain your funeral in a unique method (a buddy simply instructed me that at her mom’s funeral they handed out feather boas and tiaras, and I simply knowledgeable the offspring I would like everybody to put on loopy glasses to my funeral), go forward.

I’m certain there are numerous folks with PhDs in funeral cultures. Regardless, I look ahead to celebrating my buddy Richard’s life in the present day.






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