Are you looking for Christian funeral package in Singapore? Check out the service provider here. A Christian memorial and funeral service is usually carried out in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Christian faith.
Christians believe anyone who has professed their faith in Jesus Christ is actually eternally secure and protected in heaven to be with God, the father. Therefore, the funeral service is one with themes of encouragement, hope, and the afterlife.
Christian funeral services aren’t sad but yet more of a Life Celebration for the passed. The services tend to be uplifting and offer hope in understanding that their beloved is with god, the father of their life.
Christians perceive death as being an entrance to a better place. Friends and family members are comforted to learn that their cherished one is at peace in paradise. To the Christian, it is an assurance of their destiny in accordance with what the Bible states about faith in Jesus and life after death.
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A few Christian Funeral Resemblances throughout the vast majority of Denomination -
1. Open Casket Viewing — It is not uncommon in Christian Funerals for the casket to stay uncovered throughout the wake for family, friends, and relatives to pay their last respect.
2. Commendation — Either held at the funeral home or in Church, The Christian Funeral Service usually draws to a close with a finishing commendation in which the deceased is commended to the care and loving mercy of God.
3. Committal — This often occurs at the crematorium or final resting ground. This generally is a very solemn moment in which the body is committed back to earth with the hope of rising again to eternal life in God’s glory.
The order of service involves -
1. singing of hymns, a soloist, scriptures,
2. a short message, the prayer given by the pastor,
3. some also perform a video presentation of the deceased photographs, plus a time of sharing by friends and family.
The time of sharing by friends and family is certainly a time of encouragement. This is the time individuals voluntarily speak to the bereaved family and attendees, on how the deceased has influenced or caressed their life. Normally after all these testimonies, people who are in attendance are enormously encouraged.
Following the service, there could also be a short fellowship reception with snacks and refreshments at the church. Normally, there isn’t any graveside service, however, some do choose to include it.
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With death comes an end to one’s life on earth. It is an important moment of transition that many often prepare themselves unintentionally, but at the same time inevitably. Different philosophies of life have different rituals and ideas about death. Christians, for example, believe that the body is perishable, unlike the soul that continues to exist after someone has died.
The anointing of the sick
For a long time, the anointing of the sick, one of the seven sacraments, was only performed on Catholics who were dying. Since the Second Vatican Council in the second half of the twentieth century, the anointing of the sick has also been performed on the Catholic sick, as originally intended. Charisma (consecrated oil) is then applied to the forehead and hands of the sick person. Moreover, God is asked to assist the sick person in his or her healing process. Before the anointing of the sick, the sick person may possibly choose to confess, and thus confess his or her debts. Communion is usually given after the anointing of the sick. If the sick person dies, it often happens that the line “strengthened by the anointing of the sick” is mentioned on the obituary.
When a believer dies, he or she must be accountable to God for the actions he or she has committed during his or her life. If the deceased has been good and virtuous, he or she will end up in heaven. On the other hand, if the deceased has lived a sinful life, he or she is doomed to stay in hell. Heaven is usually represented as a paradise where, among other things, rice pudding with golden spoons is eaten. In hell, on the other hand, sinners continue to burn forever. That is why Catholics used to pray for the soul peace of a deceased person. Relatives wanted to prevent a loved one from ending up in hell. Often a rosary or paternoster was used for this because it would protect against evil. Unlike Catholics, Protestants do not believe that prayers can affect the soul’s peace of mind. According to them, the deceased is only judged on his or her acts and no prayer can change that.
People used to die at home in most cases, which is why they were laid out at home. Doors and windows were then immediately opened so that the spirit of the deceased could find its way out. Afterward, the doors and windows of the house of death were immediately closed again so that the spirit could not come back in. In addition, all mirrors were covered to prevent the spirit of the deceased from taking up residence there. Coins were placed on the eyes of the deceased not only to be able to pay the ferryman with it but also to prevent the deceased’s relatives from pulling into death through his or her eyes. However, these practices are remnants of popular belief. In the past villagers always said goodbye to the deceased together. Nowadays people also die very often in the hospital.
The funeral company
While in the past everything was arranged by family, friends, and neighbors, nowadays relatives of a deceased can — for a fee — make use of a funeral home for the organization of the funeral and funeral. Funeral directors ensure that the surviving relatives do not have to deal too much with practical matters so that they can take the time to mourn. The duties of funeral directors are very diverse: making the body presentable, having obituaries printed, arranging the funeral service the way the family wishes, engaging coffin carriers …
Laying out the body
After a doctor has determined a death, the body is taken to a funeral home as soon as possible to have it laid out. The body is carefully washed and embalmed. In the past, the body was purified that way. The washing water, however, was not allowed to end up on anyone, because people used to believe that it meant that this person would die quickly. These days superstition no longer plays a role. After washing, the body is nicely dressed and laid out in a cooled room where family and friends can bring a last greeting to the deceased. Often there is also a mourning register in the same room in which, for example, a message to the next of kin or a memory of the deceased can be written down.
Obituary and mourning advertisement
Obituaries are drawn up and sent to inform further family members and friends of someone’s death and to invite them to attend the funeral. A mourning advertisement is placed in a newspaper for the same reasons. All this must be arranged quite quickly after death because in Belgium a body must be buried within ten days. It is therefore important that the obituaries are received a few days before the funeral.
Both obituaries and funeral advertisements are usually very austere. Sometimes a photo of the deceased is added, but in many cases, only the name of the deceased is mentioned. The names of the close relatives are also mentioned, as well as the date on which the person died and the date on which the funeral ceremony will take place.
The vigil of the dead
Sometimes Catholics choose to vigil the night before the funeral. Family and friends watch over the body or a photo of the deceased. There can be prayed for the soul’s peace of the deceased. A vigil of death usually takes place in a church or in a (parish) room, but can also be organized where someone, for example, died in an accident. Nowadays a vigil can also take place after a funeral. This is mainly the case with road casualties or with victims of pointless violence. Among other things, flowers, letters, photos, poems, and cuddly bears are placed at the place where someone died. Often a memorial is also placed at that location. Especially along busy lanes, crosses or other commemorative monuments are increasingly seen today. In some cases, especially when there has been pointless violence, marches are even organized. Examples are the White March in 1996 and the Pacific Marches that have been organized several times.
It used to be common for family members to wear black clothing during the mourning period. This was mainly done because black clothing would ensure that the deceased would no longer recognize the surviving relatives and therefore could not take them to death. For that reason, many women also wore a mourning veil. Nowadays, the wearing of black clothing by relatives is often limited to the day of the funeral. This is mainly done because it is a tradition and no longer because of the superstitious aspect.
The funeral ceremony
A Christian funeral service usually takes place in a church, but sometimes the location can also be the auditorium of a crematorium. The course of a funeral can vary depending on the customs of each municipality or the choices of the relatives. There is also a difference between Catholic and Protestant funeral ceremonies. The latter usually opt for a more personal ceremony.
At a Christian funeral service in many municipalities, it is the case that the relatives first guide the coffin to the church. Before the coffin is carried to the altar, it is sprinkled with holy water. The funeral ceremony itself focuses on the cleansing and peace of the soul of the deceased on the one hand and on comfort for the bereaved on the other. Such ceremonies used to be very formal, but nowadays they are more personal. This is because the surviving relatives discuss in advance with the priest or the pastor which texts will be read and which music will be heard. The offering takes place during the service. Then everyone is invited to come forward, to touch the cross of Christ and to put money in the offering bowl. After the sacrifice, everyone can come to communion. At the end of the service, the coffin is once again sprinkled with holy water and is also incense. Incense symbolizes the bond between the human and the divine as a defense against evil. When the coffin is carried to the church by the coffin bearers, everyone can condemn the relatives.
The funeral or cremation
In the past, cemeteries were usually laid around the church (hence the name “graveyard”), but nowadays they are usually located elsewhere in a municipality. The hearse that takes the coffin to the cemetery is followed by the cars of family and friends. If the church and the cemetery are close to each other, it still happens that the relatives follow the hearse on foot. A final greeting is given to the deceased at the cemetery. In the past, the coffin was lowered into the grave in the presence of family and friends, but nowadays this is only done afterward when everyone has left. If the deceased is cremated, the ashes are scattered on the meadow or in the sea or the urn is placed in the columbarium. Today it also happens more and more often that an urn is buried in a cemetery.
Memorial or prayer card
Originally a prayer card was dark and gloomy and it was intended to call on people to pray for the soul’s rest of the deceased. There was therefore usually a prayer. Nowadays, prayer cards are more memorial cards. Often there is a photo of the deceased and a text that says something about the personality of the deceased. In other words, a commemorative card no longer calls to pray but is entirely devoted to the memory of the deceased. In this way, the memory of the deceased person is kept alive.
It is customary for close relatives to invite further relatives and friends to a coffee table after the funeral. Family and friends then gather to eat a sandwich. These days it happens more and more than a hot meal is offered. The coffee table after a funeral is a way to commemorate the deceased together and to exchange memories. It helps the relatives in the grieving and processing process.
What may seem lurid to some people offers others the opportunity to better cope with their grief. Mourning jewelry is, for example, pendants or rings in which a lock of hair, ashes or even a tooth of the deceased can be stored. Sometimes a fingerprint or a photo of the deceased is depicted on a piece of jewelry. In this way, the deceased remains very close to a surviving relative.
There is often collective mourning when a high-ranking or well-known person dies. People find each other in their sorrow and together give a final greeting or pay tribute to the deceased. The sense of togetherness is particularly great at such moments. People then mourn together and show their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Sometimes this collective mourning is commercialized. Souvenirs with a picture of the deceased person are then offered for sale and it can even happen that obituaries and prayer cards are traded.
The annual commemoration of the deceased
The death of a deceased person is commemorated annually. This commemoration can be accompanied by a ceremony, but not everyone chooses this. Moreover, on 1 (All Saints ‘Day) and/or 2 November (All Souls’ Day) the graves of loved ones are visited. Because November 1 is a public holiday in Belgium and November 2 is not, all deceased are usually commemorated on All Saints ‘Day instead of All Souls’ Day. The graves are cleaned in advance and candles and flowers are placed on or next to them. Usually, white or yellow chrysanthemums are chosen.
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