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The last type of peta is normally reborn in the surroundings of the house, etc. An example would be people who would normally worry; after death they would be reborn as petas staying around the house. They would appear to relatives or others as ghosts: To recapitulate, there are in Buddhism three conditions whereby the rites for the deceased can yield the expected results. They are: . The donors or givers are required to make a mental note dedicating the meritorious fruits thereof. There is no problem regarding whether or not the pouring of water is used as a supplementary factor.
Else, family members and friends of the deceased may conduct the ceremony; after which the casket is lowered for burial or placed into the furnace. If the body is cremated, the ashes can only be collected the following day. The family may, as they wish, choose to enshrine it in a columbarium, pagoda, or scatter it at sea. Occasions such as the completion of the grave, the installation of the urn into the columbarium, or the scattering of the ashes at sea are — from the Theravada standpoint — a personal matter.
This is because it is impossible that there should not be in that plane any relative whatever (when traced back to the remote past) of the donors. e. they can only beneÞt from their past store of good kamma). For instance, if they are born as animals such as elephants and horses, they will be fed fairly well with suﬃcient supply of food and water. If, on the other hand they are born human or celestial beings, they will be provided adequately with whatever they need to live on comfortably. On the side of the givers or donors, therefore, there can be no loss whatever.