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Facing the Millennium funeral culture, "one size fits all" management should not be allowed

2021-08-28 02:06:43 Red Net

In recent days, , Shanxi judicial administration network released 《 Regulations of Shanxi Province on funeral administration ( The draft )( Solicitation draft )》( abbreviation 《 The draft 》), Including cemetery management fee 、 Funeral service price 、 Make clear provisions on the management of funeral market :“ Cemeteries shall not charge a one-time tomb management fee for more than 20 years ”“ Body pick-up 、 The staging 、 Cremation 、 Fees for basic services such as ashes storage and public welfare ( Burial ) Facility management fee , Implement government pricing and dynamic adjustment ”“ The production and sale of paper people are prohibited 、 paper painted with pictures of idols and burned at the altar 、 Paper room 、 Ghost coins and other feudal superstitious funeral supplies ”.(8 month 23 Japan Surging news )

From the new regulations on funeral management issued by Shanxi Province , There are two main directions : On the one hand, it is to strengthen the public service attribute of the funeral industry , On the other hand is the excessive marketization of the funeral industry 、 Commercial control . Both directions are actively responding to people's needs , Promote funeral to return to the essence of public service . But in 《 The draft 》 in , A proposal on the management of the funeral market has aroused widespread discussion , namely “ The production and sale of paper people are prohibited 、 paper painted with pictures of idols and burned at the altar 、 Paper room 、 Ghost coins and other feudal superstitious funeral supplies ”.

“ Funeral as a kind of Chinese culture , It has a far-reaching impact on the hearts of Chinese people .” just as 《 The analects of Confucius 》 As mentioned :“ carefully attend to the funeral rites of parents and follow them when gone with due sacrifices , People's morality returns to thick .” Take care of your parents' funeral , It's not just a sad expression , The more far-reaching significance lies in recalling the virtues of our ancestors to Dunhua customs , Continue the Chinese people's respect and love for family . and 《 rites 》 As recorded in “ To die is to live ”, It further requires us to treat the souls of the deceased with filial piety , You can't just die as if he didn't exist .

The meaning given by the ancients to the funeral embodies the Chinese people's consideration and wisdom of life and death for thousands of years , It is also the concentrated embodiment of funeral culture . But with the development of society and the progress of science and Technology , Death is no longer a mystery , Funeral rituals are also simplified , And then become a part of marketization . In many reports , The cemetery became “ Alternative property market ”, Being unable to afford to bury has become a common anxiety . Even cemetery United Bank launched “ Cemetery loan ”, With “ The old man chose 、 Children and grandchildren repay the loan ” In the form of , Disguised relief for the elderly “ Life savings can't afford cemeteries ” The worry .

exactly , For this unhealthy trend of excessive marketization of funeral , Relevant policies launched by Shanxi provincial government 《 The draft 》 laudable . But if all the funeral supplies entrusted with mourning are “ One size fits all ” Style management , Make the funeral process into a simple western modern memorial service , It is not conducive to Chinese people's understanding and inheritance of Chinese traditional culture and spirit , And it will cause unnecessary social contradictions .

Facing the Millennium funeral etiquette culture , Relevant government departments need to respect 、 respect , And treat with caution , Respond to people's demands by soft guidance , Rather than “ One size fits all ” Think only to complete the task . This not only cuts off the context of cultural inheritance , It also cuts off the people's understanding and support 、 The credibility and recognition of the government . Promote civilized funeral , We have to respond to public opinion on the basis of respecting culture , More inclusive “ Soft guidance ”, Less mandatory “ One size fits all ” management , Let the funeral culture be inherited in civilization .

writing / Wang Ruiqi ( Xi'an Jiaotong University )

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