See BURIAL and SEPULCHRE.
(7.) Immediately after decease the body was washed, and then wrapped in a large cloth (Ac 9:37; Mt 27:59; Mr 15:46). In the case of persons of distinction, aromatics were laid on the folds of the cloth (Joh 19:39; comp. Joh 12:7).
(8.) As a rule the burial (q.v.) took place on the very day of the death (Ac 5:6,10), and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier (Lu 7:14). After the burial a funeral meal was usually given (2Sa 3:35; Jer 16:5,7; Ho 9:4).