The Baha'i faith believes that with death, a person's soul is
released from its physical bonds and enters the spiritual world.
The customs regarding funeral and burial focus on comforting the
living and ensuring blessings
on the departed soul in the next life.
In Baha'i Law, the honoree must be buried no more than one
hour's travel time from the place of death. Baha'i practices do not
allow embalming, unless required by law, or cremation.
Because the burial must happen quickly, memorial services are
normally held within two or three days after the death. Guests may
dress according to personal preferences or local custom. Funeral
services tend to be very simple and dignified, with just one
ceremonial requirement - the recitation of the Prayer for the Dead.
Other prayers may be chosen as well, but that is up to the
discretion of the family.
The Baha'i faith does not have any specifications for expressing
condolences. Cards expressing sympathy or offerings of food are
acceptable and appreciated.