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Funerals are relatively unimportant in Buddhism. Buddhists concentrate their efforts on the deceased's frame of mind up to, and at the moment of, death. Most Buddhist funerals held in the west are simple and low-key affairs organised by family and friends. They include appropriate Buddhist readings and tributes to the deceased.

The final committal is usually carried out at a chapel attached to the cemetery, preferably with overtly Christian symbols concealed.
Most Buddhists prefer cremation, although some want a  'green' burial through concern for the environment.

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