Considerations For Religious Funerals
By Martin Sejas
It's a challenge that most of us will have to address
one day. Even if we never have to arrange a funeral for
someone else there's always our own send off to think
about - particularly with the sensible trend for
planning religious funerals while we are still alive.
1. Open or closed casket. Sometimes, a person makes it
known in advance whether or not he/she wants an open
casket. If it's not known, then the choice is up to the
family. When planning Religious Funerals, many people go
with an open casket to let family, friends, neighbors
and co-workers have one last view of the loved one and
to pay respects. However, if the loved had suffered a
recent severe stroke and no longer looks the same, then
a closed casket might be more appropriate. In either
case, the immediate family should be provided the
opportunity to view their loved one.
2. Funeral vs. Memorial Service. If relatives aren't
going to be able to arrive within a day or two, or the
loved one's body has been cremated, then you might want
to opt to have a memorial service rather than a funeral
service. At a memorial service, the body is not present.
The picture is commonly located at the top of the casket
with flowers and ribbons and sometimes we also put some
fruits and other memorable thing.
3. Standard church setup or settings at home. Religious
Funerals at a church provide a comfortable, homelike
atmosphere that can be used for funeral services of all
faiths and creeds. That is why it was chosen by among
families. The calling (viewing) hours are held at the
4. Music. For many Religious Funerals, music is part of
the service. Funeral hymns and can also be can also be
implemented in a funeral programs whenever it was
memorable to your loved one? If so, do you want the
people attending the funeral to sing the song, have
someone sing a solo, play a CD of the song, or have a
pianist play it as an instrumental? Music plays an
important part in a funeral service most especially at a
church. A Prelude before the service. Provides a
pleasant and welcoming ambient for family, friends and
guest as they arrive at the church or funeral chapel?
5. Scripture. There are several Religious Funerals that
have different scriptures that offer words of wisdom and
comfort. For some who are planning a funeral service
that is religious, incorporating funeral scriptures can
help comfort and encourage the bereaved family, friends,
and attendees. If there was a special verse that your
loved one quoted often, then consider including it in
the funeral service. Do you want the minister to do all
the scripture reading, or is there a family member who
might want to read some of it?
6. PowerPoint. PowerPoint, a computerized slideshow, has
become a common component of several Religious Funerals.
The PowerPoint consists of several pictures of your
loved one from when he/she was very little to the
present time. Although a PowerPoint will cause tears to
be shed, it's also a beautiful time of reflecting on
your loved one's life. People who may have only known
your loved one for a brief amount of time will enjoy
seeing the pictures as well.
As you can see, there are a lot of decisions that need
to be made when planning a funeral. Religious Funerals
provide families with options as described above and the
funeral director wants to accommodate your needs and
wishes to the best of his ability.
Get in contact with funeral directors Bankstown to get a
free quote for a funeral.