To provide the best customer service to culturally diverse groups, you must be well acquainted with their expectations as consumers and with the variety of funeral customs and practices they honor. Never make assumptions about the best ways to meet the funeral and memorialization needs and desires of groups that are new to you or your market.
The following list includes religions recognized by the VA per the Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers. For further insight, consult clergy members from a particular group or other resources in your community that are aligned with diverse groups.
Wormald, B. (2014). Pew Research. Religious Landscape Study
U.S. Religion Census 1952 to 2010
Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers. National Cemetery Administration
The Association of Religion Data Archives
Caring Through the Funeral
Library of World Religions and Faith Traditions
National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA
For Baptisms and Funerals. Federation of Christian Ministries
Cultural & Religious Funeral Customs
Customs and Religious Protocols
Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains
Funeral Traditions | A Summary of the Practices of Different Faiths Related to Death and Funerals
*Several denominations, including but not limited to Orthodox/Haredi, Traditional/Conservadox, Conservative, Reform/Progressive, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Humanistic, Karaite, Hasidism, Kabbalah Judaism