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07.02.2009 Editorial

Going the Muslim way for funerals

By The Enquirer

Christians have been called upon to emulate the Muslim way of mourning the dead in order to reduce cost and rather channel such monies into productive ventures.

The Senior Pastor of Action Chapel in Tema, Reverend Samuel Boadi-Darkwah offered the advice and wondered why some people especially those in the low income group find it very difficult to make ends meet but manage to make financial contributions towards expensive funerals.

He said the time has come for Christians to emulate Muslims who use common coffin to convey dead bodies to the cemetery, simple calico to cover the dead and also perform the funeral rites modestly to prevent incurring debt.

Rev. Boadi-Darkwah was delivering the sermon during which the church presented 14 street lights worth GH¢2,000 which have already been installed at vantage points at Tema Community 9 where the church is located.

The whole issue should be given a serious consideration because some Ghanaians are wasting so much on expensive funerals.

The suggestion by the man of God has been on the lips of many Ghanaians but people have simply not come out boldly for fear of getting castigated.

A lot of families have been plunged into serious debt because of expensive funerals they undertook but with some modesty in funeral organization such situations will not arrive.

The argument is not about going strictly by the Muslim system of organizing funerals, however, costs on funerals should be checked.

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