THE STORY OF THE Burial SHROUD
THE SHROUD IS SWADDLING FOR ETERNITY
The practice of using burial shrouds, or “burial sheets,” is one that is rich in history across many cultures; however, for many, this can be a new concept, especially when planning for a funeral. Today, burial shrouds refer to any form of cloth that covers the deceased before cremation or burial. Typically, these sheets are made out of cotton , linen or wool and are widely available in various styles that fit the nature of the service itself.
The History of the Burial Shroud
While many Christians are familiar with the Shroud of Turin—the mysterious cloth wrapped around Jesus Christ after his death—the practice of burial sheets is one that has been used all across the world. Shrouds are commonly used in a variety of manners and styles. Originally, Christians used burial shrouds as a way to save on materials and still present the deceased in a respectful manner. However, this practice also dates back to other funerary practices in Ancient Egyptian and Native American cultures.
Today, this tradition continues on in many religious and cultural circles. For instance, Jewish burials often utilize shrouds, known in Hebrew as “Tahirim,” that are white and made by hand, directly correlating to the religious historical significance this cloth has carried. Many Christians also continue this practice, often signifying the cloth with a cross or the Trisagnion hymn.
Muslim and Hindu cultures also utilize shrouds, but in a much different manner. In these cultures, shrouds become very much a part of preparing the deceased for their journey into the afterlife. These cultures take meticulous measures when preparing shrouds, such as by washing them an odd number of times with scented water.
Using Burial Shrouds Today
While many still use shrouds as part of a cultural custom, others are use them as part of “green burial” practices, so as to encourage less material usage and to encourage the bonds between the spirit, soul and oneness with nature and the spirit of mother nature. Evergreen by Diana emphasizes the bonds between our souls and spirit with Mother Nature's brand. Using a shroud enhances the green burial process by allowing the body to become one with the environment much quicker and with much less impact than other forms of burial or other forms of disposition which infect the environment with toxic materials and chemicals. Using a shroud is the best way to be sustainable with the least impact on Mother Nature. The memorial ritual becomes more memorable and special when a Shroud from Diana is used in the service as those attending know that the one they love is being treated with the highest degree of respect. Diana crafts each shroud by hand with the loving and care she has with nature.
Shrouds are Swaddling for Eternity
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