Christian Funeral Services
By Carole Galassi
For the Christian, the funeral service is one with
themes of hope, encouragement and the after life.
Christians believe those who have professed their faith
in Jesus Christ are eternally secure in heaven to be
with the Lord forever.
Christian funeral services are not somber but more of a
Life Celebration for the deceased. The services are
uplifting and provide a hope in knowing that their loved
one is with the Lord of their life.
Christians view death as a doorway to a better place.
Family and friends are comforted to know that their
loved one is at peace in heaven. To the Christian, this
is an assurance of their destiny according to what the
Bible says about life after death and faith in Jesus.
Generally, in a Christian funeral service there is no
visitation or viewing of the body. Some denominations
like the Catholic faith do follow a more specific
funeral custom but most Christian churches do not follow
The funeral service is either a memorial or funeral
service. Most do not have a casket in the service, but a
few do, especially if it is held in a funeral home. Most
services are held at the church the deceased attended
with the pastor officiating the service.
The order of service includes singing of hymns, a
soloist, scriptures, a short message given by the
pastor, prayer, some also do a video presentation of the
deceased photos, and a time of sharing by family and
The time of sharing by family and friends is a very
encouraging time. This is when people voluntarily speak
to the attendees and bereaved family, of how the
deceased has impacted or touched their life. Usually at
the end of these testimonies, those who are in
attendance are greatly encouraged.
After the service there may also be a short fellowship
reception at the church with refreshments and snacks.
Generally, there is no graveside service, but some do
opt to include it.