During a recent conversation I realized that Masons, while denying that masonic practices constitute a religion, actually have a burial rite for deceased masons. I am a geneology buff and search old graves for their historic value. Many graves have masonic symbols on them similarly to how we, as Catholics, would have a crucifix and/or a rosary.
With this in mind, how do masons deny that masonic practice is a religion in and of itself? Do they have a burial rite or not?