Traditions vary within the Chinese culture depending on where the deceased person and his family are from, but there are basic and universal traditions through the people. Age, social status, marital status and cause of death impacts the Chinese funeral and burial rights.
Within the Chinese culture, cremation is uncommon. Chinese burial customs are the most important of its traditions. It is believed that if the burial is carried out incorrectly, the family of the deceased will be cursed with disaster and bad luck.
The younger family members are responsible for preparing the funeral arrangements for their elders. This custom gets roots from the Confucian Principle of filial piety, devotion to one’s parents.
The family of the deceased refer to the Chinese Almanac to determine when they should perform the Chinese funeral ceremony. When preparing the body and coordinating funeral rites, the family is assisted by funeral homes or local temples.