Funerals are relatively unimportant in Buddhism. Buddhists concentrate their efforts on the deceased’s frame of mind up to, and at the moment of death.
Most Buddhist funerals held in the west are simple and low-key affairs organised by family and friends. Buddhists agree that the body is just a shell and view that the spirit of the deceased will undergo re-birth, usually after 49 days.
Funerals include appropriate Buddhist readings and tributes. Most Buddhists prefer cremation although some want a green burial through concern for the environment.