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Basic Information About Christian Funerals

By Guest Author On November 24, 2010 Under Personal Development

Christians are staunch believers in the second coming of God’s son Jesus Christ. Christians also believe that the deeds that they have accomplished in the world will be judged at the time of their demise. They believe that it is through their kind deeds that they will be worthy of staying with God in his kingdom. Christians try to live by the lessons of Jesus Christ in their daily existence.

For Christians, a funeral service signifies the beginning of the soul’s journey to the eternal life after death. Funeral services and ceremonies are alleviating, because of the strong belief that the deceased has finally found a permanent home in God’s abode.

Christianity perceives death as an entry into new life, wherein the soul is freed from the world of pain to the world of eternal bliss. The severity of pain caused by the death of a loved one is alleviated by the very thought that the deceased is enjoying a blissful afterlife in the Lord’s house with the Lord Himself. The Christian funeral ceremonies are conducted with these beliefs and feelings.

Usually, a Christian funeral service is organized by the pastor. They are generally conducted at the church which the deceased used to visit during his or her lifetime. Generally the ceremonies do not have casket, but in case the service is being conducted in a funeral home, caskets are usually present. Public viewing of the corpse is not something that you will find in a typical Christian funeral service.

The funeral ceremony is organized to remember the dead person, and it begins with singing of devotional songs and readings from the Bible and Holy Scriptures. Then the pastor delivers a message and the people join in with a mass prayer.

After that comes the time of contemplation and sharing grief by family and friends, when the people gathered express their sentiments about the dead person and tell how the deceased has influenced them and has left a deep impression. Some families also plan to organize a visual display of photographs of the deceased or play a video recording from the life of the departed.

The conclusion of the ceremony is the serving of food at a fellowship reception conducted usually at the church itself. A graveside service is generally not included, but some Christian communities have this as well.

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