Preparing a Baha'i for Burial
First, you will need:
- a Baha'i burial ring
The ring (for adults only) reads: I came forth from God, and return unto Him, detached from all save Him, holding fast unto His Name, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
This can be purchased through the Baha'i book stores in your area. Or contact the nearest Spiritual Assembly for their advice.
- rose water
- shrouding cloths
A total of 34 ft. of material (silk or cotton) about 4 feet wide dividing into five pieces: 2 are 4x4 and 1 each of 4x6, 4x8, and 4x12 (the instructions below suggest tearing a one inch strip off the 12 ft. sheet for use as strings -- other cotton or silk cord could be substituted, we assume).
- a casket made of hardwood, stone (or cement), or glass (fiberglass?).
We have recently used caskets made entirely of wood, purchased from http://www.casketdepot.ca/ These were made to Orthodox Jewish specs but suit our needs perfectly and the cost, including shipping, is very reasonable.
We have also had a couple of caskets made by a local woodworker.
For washing the body you will need cloths and paper towels and several plastic bags for disposal of the cloths.
The Prayer for the Dead must be said anytime after death and before internment.
If you want more detail about wrapping the body there are instructions here . These were borrowed from Muslim sites in many different places. Sorry we can't be more specific about the URLS. When we started, we were just helping a friend who's husband was dying and did not know other people would ask for the information.