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By Cristian Neagoe, General Manager of ANTHONY Assistance and Funeral Home, Romania
Romania is a country with a rich culture and history, with characteristics that vary depending on the region, religion, and other factors. Funerals in Romania are often steeped in tradition and ritual.
For example, it is common for a wake to be held in the deceased's home, and for close relatives and friends to wear black clothing for a period of time after the funeral.
The funeral industry in Romania is characterized by several features. Romania has a large Orthodox Christian population, and the Orthodox Church has a significant influence on funeral customs and practices in the country. Funerals are typically religious ceremonies and traditional burials are the most common form of final disposition. The rate of cremation in Romania is relatively low compared to other European countries. Cremation is not a common practice in Romania due to cultural and religious beliefs. The majority of the population are Orthodox Christians, and the Orthodox Church does not approve of cremation. According to Eurostat, the cremation rate in Romania in 2019 was just 0.7% and the mortality rate was 11.3/1000 people.
As funerals are usually religious ceremonies and traditional burials are the most common form of final disposition, cemeteries are everywhere throughout the country, in both rural and urban areas, and many are maintained by local authorities.
Funeral service providers in Romania are mainly private companies and the price for their services can vary. Funeral costs can be significant, and some families may find it difficult to cover expenses.
If you would like to learn more about funeral industry in Romania, we invite you to read whole article in the spring issue of THANOS magazine - you can read online at pages 10-11