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Christian Funerals - Different Types

Apr 1, 2008
There are many different kinds of Christian funerals. When you study Christianity, you know that there are different denominations and faiths under the Christian umbrella.

Although any of these customs honor God, the traditions as well as the messages are subtly different. When you arrange a funeral for yourself or someone else, you will want to consider their faith and the way they cherished their Christian beliefs.

But you'll also find a lot of overlap. There is no single right way to conduct Christian funerals.

What works in the Catholic tradition may also be adapted to fit the Protestant lifestyle as well. It is OK to combine some of these traditions so long as it fits within your own belief system.

During Protestant funerals the service usually takes place in a church or a funeral home. A minister conducts the service.

Family members and friends can usually participate by sharing stories about their loved one and giving eulogies. There's also a lot of prayer and hymns during the Protestant service.

Protestant funerals don't fit any particular mold: They don't fit inside a cookie cutter! There are many different kinds of Protestants.

If you're considering this type of funeral just consult your minister about different traditions and make sure you personalize to honor the person who has passed away.

You'll find that Catholic funerals can be similar. They are usually more formal, but that's not a rule set in stone. There are plenty of different ways a service can be conducted.

One of the chief differences that defines the Catholic church is the way Catholics view the Holy Communion. They believe that the communion is in fact part of Jesus' body, which makes it all the more important and special.

When it comes to Quakers, their traditions and services tend to be very somber.

There isn't much talking that goes on, and much of the time is spent silently thinking and praying. Everything is done very simply and never with extravagance.

The Greek Orthodox Church does things slightly different. Unlike many Christian traditions, the body is not preserved.

The bones are actually dried in the sun and are put into a building. The ceremony itself is usually just done with family members.

As you can see, there are many different Christian funerals. You'll find that all the different denominations conduct their ceremonies in their own way.

But none of these needs to be cast in stone; traditions can bend and change. Do what you believe will best honor your loved one and help him or he be remembered by others.
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