Yesterday, we had my Mom's 49-day service.
I've written about 49-day service in the past, here, but there wasn't much detail about why it is done.
In Buddhism, 49 days is referred to as "Chuin", which means neither the present world nor the next...in the middle.
Apparently, after a person dies, their karmic energy is held in limbo for 49 days before taking another form.
So, observances every 7 days until the 49-day service are made in hopes to help the deceased receive a higher rebirth.
In Hawaii, most families who are Buddhist hold 7-day and 49-day services.
Unfortunately, we skipped the 7-day service...sorry Mom!
I hope by having the 49-day service, my Mom will be able to move on to the next world.