Hmong funeral ritual ceremonies have remained the same for countless generations. Within the Hmong culture, funerals are the most elaborate and important of all Hmong ceremonies.
The Hmong’s beliefs center around animals. They believe that after death a person is reincarnated in a different form. The Hmong funeral is seen as a time to mourn, grieve. It is seen as a time of remembrance and coming together. Mourners will talk with one another, visit and even laugh together. In the funeral homes where the visitation is not occurring, mourners may play games, sleep, eat and play music. Relatives watch over the funeral home day and night.