Whether you are planning a Zoroastrian funeral or attending a ceremony, we understand that you may have questions. O’Connor Mortuary is here for you: below, you’ll find answers to common queries regarding various Zoroastrian funeral customs.
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After death, the body is deemed impure-so there are no open-casket viewings or visitations. A funeral ceremony may be held within three days of the death, as friends and family generally mourn and pray heavily for the deceased’s soul during this time. On the fourth day, it is believed that the soul and its guardian, Fravashi ascend to Chinvat, the bridge of judgment.
During this three-day mourning period, family and friends generally avoid eating meat, and no food is cooked in the house where the body was prepared. For this reason, it is acceptable for loved ones to prepare food in their own homes and bring it to the mourning family.