Greek Orthodox Funeral Customs

Greek Orthodox Funeral Service Rituals

Greek Orthodox as it is described below refers to the affiliation of churches that come under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. According to the Archdiocese, there are some 540 parishes located throughout the country. That means that funeral practices may vary somewhat from family to family and by congregation and region […]

Episcopal Funeral Service Rituals

As in other Christian faiths, funeral services are held in a church or funeral home. Guests may sit where they choose and are not expected to view the body. A priest leads the service and sometimes includes a Bible lesson as part of the program.

Christian Scientist Funeral Service Rituals

In 1866, Mary Eddy recovered from an injury while reading a bible account of Jesus’ healing power. Later she founded what is now the Christian Science Church. Mary Eddy’s followers believe that sin, disease, and death are not of God because He epitomizes all that is good. Instead, they believe suffering, both emotional and physical, […]

Christian Funeral Service Rituals

Overview of Christian Beliefs and Practices Christians have a strong belief in the afterlife and much of their lives are directed at achieving eternal peace in Heaven. They believe that Jesus was the son of God and came to earth to teach through his actions and lessons.

Roman Catholic Funeral Service Rituals

Overview of Beliefs and Practices “Roman Catholic” refers to the Christian church that recognizes the Pope and Vatican as the authority and representation of God’s teachings. Today, there are about 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world. Catholics teach that Jesus died to redeem man from sin. They believe in immortality and that in death […]

Baptist Funeral Service Rituals

As a Christian religion, Baptists follow the Christian Bible, believe in the afterlife, and strive to attain a place in Heaven. They believe that Jesus was the Son of God and came to earth to teach through his actions and lessons. The religion was founded in England in the 17th century by John Smyth. Many […]

Baha’i Funeral Customs and Rituals

Overall, Baha’i funeral customs are relaxed and designed to accommodate the personal preferences of the family. In general, they can be characterized by simplicity and flexibility. The customs are largely based on the faith’s teachings regarding consciousness and the soul and take into account the fact that people of the Baha’i faith come from a wide […]

Meaningful Celebration of Life Ideas to Honor a Loved One

When someone we care about dies, our thoughts quickly turn to finding meaningful ways to celebrate the special times we shared with them. That’s where a Celebration of Life event comes in. Once you have decided to hold a Celebration of Life, it’s time to get planning. This article can help you first understand what […]

Are You Part of the 50%?

FUNERALS BY THE NUMBERS The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) recently confirmed what many in the industry suspected: more than half of Americans now opt for cremation. The NFDA, which also tracks funeral industry statistics, estimates that by 2025, this number will be more than 60%. Rising funeral prices for in-ground burial are a […]

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