Death Rites

Christianity

The Funeral

  1. The service can be a cremation or a committal (burial). it takes place in a church, a crematorium or at the grave side.
  2. The priest reminds people of life after death and eternal life.
  3. Hymn's are sung at the service for example "abide with me" is a common hymn at a funeral.
  4. The priest or someone who was close to the deceased says a few words about that persons life
  5. Prayers are conducted to bless the dead and to pray for the friends and family dealing with the loss
  6. Final words are said as the coffin is lowered into the grave "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust"
  7. Then each member present at the service throws a handful of dirt into the grave to honour the memory the deceased.
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