Funeral and final farewell for artist Solomon Alemu

Solomon Alemu, a visual artist, was buried and said farewell. As of today, June 29, 2022, he was buried. Funerals are often held within 24 hours of a person’s death, and the dead are buried at a nearby cemetery the next day. There is only one crematorium in Addis Abeba, and it is run by the Hindu neighborhood. Typically, Ethiopians bury their dead instead of cremating them. In Ethiopia, there is no tradition of holding a formal funeral service. After the funeral, almost everyone congregates to remember the deceased for a few days, if not longer. Whether the body is embalmed or not, local law requires that it be buried within 24 hours of passing. Local authorities routinely keep embalmed bodies in cold storage for two to three days, particularly if the surviving family wants to claim the body. Occasionally, embalming services were not available during the 24-hour period. When waiting for services in the past, it was straightforward to ship remains that had been kept in cold storage for a few days. Before being transported from Ethiopia to the United States, human remains must be embalmed. The Ethiopian funeral home will perform the embalming. Families of the deceased should contact the funeral home where the body will be received if they have any questions or concerns about the embalming procedure. The body must first be embalmed before obtaining a mortuary certificate.

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