Pyreflowers (also called "pyre flowers") are plants planted to memorialize a deceased person. While flowers are most common, other plants such as trees or shrubs can also be used as pyre flowers depending on the preferences of the deceased or their survivors. The concept of pyre flowers stems from the concept of "reincarnation" within the Dusk in which, after death, a human soul can become part of a daemon. By combining ashes from a pyre with seeds of a plant, the deceased becomes part of the plant's daemon. Due to the custom of pyre flowers as a grave marker, flowers are not given as gifts due to the morbid implications.
Cremation is the most common last rite within the Dusk, particularly in the areas bordering the Altiria Ocean. To prevent a body from becoming reincorporated into nature through methods such as a coffin burial is considered taboo, only done when the deceased has been considered irredeemable in nature due to crimes committed in life.
Upon death, the deceased is brought to their home and a short wake is held for their survivors. Their next of kin--usually their spouse or eldest child--washes the body, enshrouds the body in cloth, and lays it upon a pyre. On the first day without rain, the pyre is lit and allowed to burn completely. The ashes are collected and mixed with the seeds or a sapling of the chosen pyreflower and then buried near the deceased's home. The ashes of the deceased then fertilize the flower, therefore becoming integral to its life; as such, some part of the deceased can then be considered to be part of the amalgamate daemon.
Choice of Flower
The choice of pyreflower is usually left to an individual before their death, indicated either verbally or in a written will left for their survivors. If the deceased did not indicate a preference before their death, the next of kin chooses a flower based on symbolism they feel descriptive of the deceased or their relationship. However, some groups have a traditional flower that may be used if no other preference is given:
- [Aster], the traditional flower of the Cymarian royal family (who shares the surname 'Aster')
- [Rainflowers], the traditional flower of Magicians, signifying their connection to the Gale.
- [Sweetbriar Rose], planted by a parent for a lost child.
- [Tulip (any shade)], planted by a widow or widower.