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November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine


Funeral Services

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
The Funeral service is a time of remembrance and grief. Just as each individual is different and comes from a different background, so can the funeral service be individualized. Many types of funeral service can be categorized into four main components: traditional, Jewish, military, and personalized.

Traditional funeral services tend to be Christian-based. First, there is a viewing or wake, in which the casket is open or closed. If it is open, viewers can see and touch the deceased. The burial is held had the ceremony, where the casket is lowered into the ground. Between the time of death and burial, a church service is held, and the priest or pastor sermonizes and loved ones eulogize, in remembrance of the deceased.

Traditional Jewish funeral services have longstanding rites that must be observed. Once the death has occurred the deceased's loved ones must stay with the deceased until the Rabbi arrives. Depending on schedules and circumstances, the funeral service can either be held at the temple or synagogue, but nowadays, if the congregation is too large, the funeral director, Rabbi, and loved ones may choose the cemetery. A viewing of the deceased is seen as disrespectful, and the deceased's body should be buried as soon as possible. Embalming is also forbidden, if local laws will allow it. The casket must be wooden with metal parts. Flowers are avoided as they are seen as frivolous adornment. And the service should last 20 minutes. Within that time, scripture, the Psalms, and Eulogies are read. One of the most important and lasting rituals is that after the ceremony, the congregation prepares the first meal, usually eggs or bagels--which symbolize the continuity of life.

The first stipulation of a Military Honors funeral is eligibility. Eligibility falls under several rules, such as enlistment or Special Reserve; veterans who served active duty and departed in circumstances other than dishonorable; and many other certain rules that fall under the United States Military codes.

If eligible for a Military Honors funeral, the three major components other than a Traditional funeral are: a parent or loved one presents the American Flag. The American Flag is presented and folded. Taps is played.

Many in contemporary society have opted out of Traditional funerals, in favor of more personalized and idiosyncratic funeral services. In all 50 states, it is legal to have funeral services in one's home. Loved ones can take charge of the proceedings themselves, so long as they follow federal, state, and local laws. Some of the interesting, popular ways loved ones perform funeral services are: displaying arts and crafts and reading poetry; leading the procession past his or her favorite spots; holding the funeral service in the deceased's favorite spots, such as the woods, an arena, or a beach; letting a loved one drive the hearse; using a personal photo display; and writing personal letters and placing them in the casket. Most noted are cremation and burial at sea.

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