Three days after the death the person is buried. This is because Amish customs are that it takes three days to hand-dig the grave. The service is attended by friends and family, and all the mourners wear black. The immediate family will wear black for a year. Their grief is private and they do not show their emotions.
The 2 hour funeral service is delivered in Pennsylvania Dutch, a form of Dutch, and is used not as a time to focus on the deceased or to praise him, but rather to give thanks and praise to God. The deceased is shown respect but there are no eulogies. At the end of the service the deceased's name is mentioned, his birth date and his death date. That's all.
The pine coffin is left plain. There are no photos or flowers on the coffin. During the service there are no sung hymns. A hymn may be read out, and the Lord's Prayer is said. However the basis of the funeral is a sermon and prayers.
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