Methodist Funeral Service Rituals: Summary & Reference Guide

Quick Reference
Length of Service
Depends
Flowers?
Yes
Food?
Yes
Dress Code? (Men/Women)
Dark & Somber / Men: Jacket & Tie
Recording Devices?
No
Source of Readings?
Depends
Open Casket?
Usually
Return to Work? (Days)
Depends
No. of Days to Mourn?
Depends

In 18th century England, an Anglican priest named John Wesley led a group who became known as "Methodists"; Their beliefs focused on overcoming sin by following the Holy Spirit, and empowering God to lead them. Wesley never started his own church, but in 1784, the Methodist church was founded in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the US, the movement spread under the leadership of Laurence Couglan who began preaching in Newfoundland in 1766. Missionary programs spread the faith abroad. Today, there are about 125 Methodist denominations in the world, which include 23 are in the U.S.

Methodists believe that life is eternal and that one can look forward to life with God after death, although they hold diverse beliefs about the afterlife. They regard the funeral service as an opportunity to express their grief, celebrate the life of the deceased and affirm their faith.

At the Methodist funeral service, a pastor leads the congregation in prayer. Readings can come from a variety of sources.

Also see: Christian Overview

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