Christian Funeral Service

The casketed bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church. If you are not affiliated with a church, a priest or minister representing your Christian Faith will be invited by the funeral home to lead a Christian Liturgy at the funeral home chapel. This is the most important part of the celebration of the Christian Funeral. We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

When cremation takes place before the Funeral Liturgy, the cremated remains which have been placed in a worthy vessel are set upon the pedestal. A candle is positioned near the pedestal. The Prayers after Death and the Vigil for the Deceased may be adapted as necessary and appropriate and used before the Funeral Liturgy. The Rite of Committal with Final Commendation may also be celebrated at that time.

Guidelines

An opening statement lead by the priest or minister. Depending on the religion it may be either a prayer, a statement that shows support to the bereaved, or a combination of both.

Prayers and hymns are read and sung throughout the funeral. Guests are often encouraged to read or sing along at appropriate times.

Scripture readings are a common part of most services. Similar to prayer and hymns, the specific readings and their placement in the ceremony differ by religion.

A remembrance given by a close friend or family member honors the life and gifts of the deceased.

The service ends with closing words and a prayer which praises Jesus and prays for the soul of the deceased.