|Maltese Death, Mourning, and Funeral Customs|
"Folklore" Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec. 31, 1923)
"The following are the most characteristic features of existing Maltese practices, many of which are comparable to those of Sicily, while a few show some Eastern influence :-
(a) The washing of the dead body before shrouding. This is not a religious rite, and has no connection with that of Islam.
(b) The shutting of the eyelids, if open, and the raising of the chin by means of a band, usually a white kerchief, tied on the head.
(c) The removal of door knockers and knobs; house doors are kept closed for several days; neighbours half-shut their own".