Adaptive Funeral Service Rituals
By LaVone V. Hazell, MS, FT, LFD
Religious artifacts and other sacred symbols may be displayed at the funeral service, at the discretion of the family member who is responsible for the funeral arrangements. The family may want to use items that are more alike than different, such as the cloth covering of the casket which, for example, are used by both Greek Orthodox and Catholics in their services. Both religions also use symbolic candles, called the Taper, in Greek Orthodox services and Requiem Candles in Catholic services.
Most religious and ethnic groups also have a repast (i.e., meal or banquet) after the burial or other final rites. The family may conduct the repast in the church or at home. In contemporary society, many families have opted to have their repast in local restaurants. During this exchange of food, the life of the deceased is celebrated.