Why we choose StratCol Debit Orders

Funeral Homes have been requesting better collections systems and after months of research and working through all the available options we made a decision.

Here at TheFuneral  we choose StratCol Debit Orders for collections.

You ask why? StratCol debit orders saved 1 Funeral Home in Cape Town that switched over to them, 8 hours a month on time, with their automated systems.

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Chinese Funeral Service Rituals


In the Chinese culture, cremation is uncommon. As a result of this, burial of the dead is of utmost importance to the Chinese people. If the burial is carried out incorrectly, it is believed that disaster and bad luck will plague the family of the deceased.

Jin Shanling section of the Great Wall of China

Factors that Influence Funeral and Burial Rites:

  • Age
  • Social Status
  • Marital Status
  • Cause of Death

Chinese Rites for Children

There is an established Chinese custom that an elder should not have to show respect to someone who is younger. Because of this, if an unmarried man dies, his corpse must be left at the funeral home. His parents are not allowed to take the body home or even to offer prayers for their son. These are jobs reserved for the offspring of the deceased.

People in Western cultures are sometimes shocked to learn that when a child or infant dies there are no funeral rites performed. The child must be buried in silence because to do otherwise would require an older person to show respect to a child.

Chinese Rites for Elders

The funeral of an elder must be conducted according to the person’s age and status and must be carried out completely. Even if the funeral will cause the family of the deceased to go into debt, the funeral must be carried out according to custom.

The family will begin preparation for a funeral before death. A casket is usually ordered by family members while the person is still on his or her deathbed. An undertaker will oversee all of the funeral rites.

At home, the deceased’s family will cover statues of deities with red paper and the mirrors within the house will be removed. This is largely a superstitious practice, as the Chinese have traditionally believed that a person who sees the reflection of the casket in the mirror will experience another death in his or her family. White cloth is hung in doorways of the home, and a gong is placed at the entrance. If the deceased is male, the gong is placed on the left side. For females, it is placed on the right side.

Before the body is placed inside the casket, it is cleaned and dusted with talc. Then the body is dressed in the deceased’s best clothing, and all of the other clothing is burned. According to tradition, a body should never be dressed in red because it could turn the deceased into a ghost.

Period of Mourning

The funeral ceremony lasts 49 days, but the first 7 are the most important. Prayers are said once a week, but the number of ceremonies held depends upon the financial wealth of the family. Even though the funeral rites end, mourning continues for the family for 100 more days.

Do I need Funeral Cover if I have Life Cover?

Life cover & Disability cover and Funeral Cover each are very important in your financial planning.  Both provide assistance when needed.

  • Life cover and Disability cover will pay out if a major life event occurs, like disability, or death. It will assist your family financially after the event with future living costs if cover was sufficient.
  • Funeral cover is essential to assist your family with the immediate funeral expenses needed for your funeral, or may be a small cash benefit to assist financially until your life cover pays out.

The benefit under funeral cover is usually available within a short period allowing your family time to grieve and not worry about unnecessary debt for your burial.

  • No medical examinations are needed with funeral cover.
  • The waiting periods for natural causes of death is usually  6, 9 or 12 month, depending on the Insurer, cover selected or age of the insured.
  • With funeral cover there will rarely be any exclusions like cancer, HIV or TB. Although there may be some exclusions or longer waiting periods for suicide.

Take care of yourself, your future and your family. For more information kindly contact the EUM office.


The Buddhist Funeral Service Rituals

Note: The practices and beliefs of the Buddhist culture vary between traditions or “schools” and even within schools, depending on the country—for example, Zen in Taiwan and Zen in Japan are different. The following information is generalized to fit many or most Buddhist traditions.

Funeral customs differ within the various Buddhist sects and from one country to the next. Some funerals are very ritualistic and traditional, while others are quite simple, solemn, and dignified. Rather than spend lavishly on expensive but perhaps meaningless traditions and rituals, the family and friends may donate to a worthy cause and transfer the merit to the deceased. Continue reading “The Buddhist Funeral Service Rituals”

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The words “crime scene cleanup” usually conjure mental images of how this action is depicted in hit TV shows like CSI or Law and Order.

However this is a huge mistake.

“The most common misconception is when people think ‘CSI.’ We’re not solving crimes; we are cleaning up and recovering areas where crimes happen.”

Crime Scene Clean up

In fact, most crime scene cleanup — correctly termed bio-hazard remediation — is actually for accidental deaths or suicides rather than crime. So, what really happens after the police, paramedics, crime scene investigators and coroner’s representatives have finished and left the scene?

Removing the evidence of a violent death is the responsibility of the victim’s family or the property owner affected. Even until the early 2000s, there were very few cleanup companies that could handle that kind of job; the family members were expected to do it themselves.

This was an almost unimaginable task for those people who were still in a shocked and grieving state.

But whatever the reason, cleaning up after a traumatic death is frequently a horrific task. It requires specialist knowledge and a significant amount of training. The job can be hazardous, grueling, and is definitely not for the squeamish or fainthearted.

Crime scene cleanup technicians don’t work regular office hours.

They’re on call 24 hours per day / 365 days per year. 

The work entails cleaning up all traces of the incident, even down to ripping up carpets and disposing of bedding, furniture or anything else that investigators have not taken.  Appropriate protective gear is worn to prevent exposure to fluid-borne pathogens – such as HIV. Special chemicals must be used since ordinary household cleaners can’t completely sanitize affected areas or remove stubborn particles easily.

A frequently encountered cleanup situation is when criminals dealing in drugs containing methamphetamine are caught. There are always potentially toxic chemicals left at the crime scene in need of proper disposal, and the local laws vary on how it can be disposed safely.

Crime scene cleaners require specific training on how:

  • to handle various chemicals,
  • proper disposal methods,
  • and accounting for inventory.

All substances at a crime scene are treated initially as potentially hazardous.

Crime Scene Clean up

The most dangerous situation for a crime scene cleanup expert is a potential bio-terrorism site. It’s important to wear heavy protective gear, such as a Hazmat suit, double-filter respirators, and chemical-spill boots. All procedures must be followed meticulously in order to prevent the risk of infecting others by being careless.

Regardless of the type of crime scene, the final step in a cleanup is disposing of the affected materials. Hazardous or bio-hazardous waste cannot simply be put in a regular trash dump, so transport and disposal are a big part of a cleanup bill. Crime scene cleaners need a special permit to transport the waste, and they have to pay special fees to dispose of it or work with a qualified medical waste transportation provider who can trace the “chain of custody” for compliance verification.

This article was supplied to TheFuneral.co.za by Karin Roux from Crime Scene Cleanup. To find out more about Karin and her work, visit her directory listing: www.thefuneral.co.za/directory/crime-scene-clean-up-pretoria