Do you have to attend a Christian funeral service?
And you know nothing about the rites and rituals?
Funerals are religious and sentimental occasions. And if you know nothing about Christian funerals, you might do or speak something wrong which hurt the grievers’ feelings. So, it is always better to read about the Christian funeral rituals and then attend the ceremony.
Here is everything you need to know before attending a Christian funeral service –
Christians have a strong belief in the afterlife. According to their belief, after death, the soul of the deceased is sent to heaven, hell, or purgatory depending on their deeds. The most righteous souls will go to heaven, sinners will go to hell, and if their sins are forgivable, they serve time at purgatory before moving to heaven.
Burial and cremation both are allowed in Christian belief. Burial is the preferred act because they believed in resurrection and the afterlife. However, if someone is cremated, it is respectfully buried instead of thrown in water or scattered away.
Christians believe in an afterlife and that is why the deceased’s body must be cleaned before they can enter Heaven. So, the body is first washed and then dressed in the deceased’s best clothes. Embalming is also an acceptable practice in Christianity and this is done before the funeral service.
After cleaning, the body is placed in a casket with hands crossed on top of the chest. A bible, prayer book, or rose is placed in hands according to the deceased’s desire.
The wake is all about remembering the deceased in good words. It is usually held at the church, crematorium, or cemetery. Here are the important steps of the ceremony:
The burial also consists of a brief service at the burial site and prayers are said by the priest or minister. After that, friends and family members are asked to say their final goodbyes. This may include putting a flower on the casket, saying a prayer, or placing a small amount of dirt on the casket.
In the end, the attendees of the funeral service gather at the deceased home to show emotional support to the grieving family. Traditionally, the host family provides food and drinks to the attendees.
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