Hello there ladies
I've met you all on one thread or another.
I'm a Muslim as some of you may know, I started practising Islam a few years ago. Just a bit about my background for you..Both my mother (who is Scottish and my husband (who is Welsh) have converted to Islam. I'd love to answer any questions you may have (if i can of course) and am going to consult a few books (rather than sites) to answer your question the best way i possibly can with references.
I will try to get back to you before evening time.
People don't generally associate Islam with converts so i thought i'd introduce myself/family properly. Hope i didn't bore u all.
I think Jews bury their dead quickly too. IIRC it's because of where the religions originate (i.e. hot countries)and before the days of refrigiration etc and, from a practical point of view, it was better to bury the dead as soon as possible. Out of that has come the tradition of doing it even though it would not be necessary.
Hope that makes sense
Jews are buried in plain wooden coffins. No flowers and finery at all. The body leaves the world as it came in, unadorned. Family members help to bury the body, male (I've never seen women do it, but they may do) family members add a shovelful of earth on to the coffin after it is lowered into the ground. A year after the burial there is a stone-setting ceremony. It is thought that the intervening year gives loved-ones time to come to terms with their loss before the stone is set.
I can't help with Muslim burials, but the quick burial is the same in Judaism, which makes me think it may be a climate thing.