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Below are articles from the following 2 dictionaries:
Easton's Bible Dictionary

Funeral:

Burying was among the Jews the only mode of disposing of corpses (Gen 23:19; 25:9; 35:8,9, etc.).

The first traces of burning the dead are found in 1 Sam. 31:12. The burning of the body was affixed by the law of Moses as a penalty to certain crimes (Lev 20:14; 21:9).

To leave the dead unburied was regarded with horror (1Ki 13:22; 14:11; 16:4; 21:24, etc.).

In the earliest times of which we have record kinsmen carried their dead to the grave (Gen 25:9; 35:29; Jdg 16:31), but in later times this was done by others (Amo 6:16).

Immediately after decease the body was washed, and then wrapped in a large cloth (Act 9:37; Mat 27:59; Mar 15:46). In the case of persons of distinction, aromatics were laid on the folds of the cloth (Jhn 19:39; Jhn 12:7).

As a rule the burial (q.v.) took place on the very day of the death (Act 5:6,10), and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier (Luk 7:14). After the burial a funeral meal was usually given (2Sa 3:35; Jer 16:5,7; Hsa 9:4).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Funeral:

fu'-ner-al.

See BURIAL

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