Recently my father-in-law passed away at the age of 81. He had hip fracture five months before this. Prior to the fall which resulted in the above fracture, he had to undergo dialysis thrice a week.
His body became weaker and weaker and finally he had to leave this world.
The news of his death brought his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren who were staying in Selangor. For five days before his cremation, all the family members gathered at his house to perform chanting of the Amitabha Buddha's name and other rituasl. Normally the house will be very quiet because most of his sons are working and living in Selangor.
This incident shows that the Chinese stress the importance of filial piety to parents even to the day when they pass away. The death of one of the parents will definitely bring all members of the family back to show their last respect and responsibility to the dead.
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