I have never been to a burial in Guatemala, but I have seen funeral processions.
Generally, because of the heat of Guatemala, people are buried within 24 hours of their death. If someone dies in the hospital, the person may be carried home in a simple casket. The family will put the casket of their relative on their porch and set up a tent and plastic chairs and invite people to come to pay their respects.
The cemeteries are very decorated. Once a year, the families gather at the cemetery and have a picnic at the graves of their relatives. This special day is called The Day of the Dead. It is like the Catholic celebration of All Souls Day and takes place at the same time of year.
The deceased members of a family are very important to the Guatemalans.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012