About Christian Funeral
Christianity places utmost importance on the afterlife and achieving eternal peace in Heaven. Death is when someone rests and enters Eternal Life to reunite spiritually in God’s Kingdom with a new flawless body.
Preparation of the body for Christian Funeral
Once transferred to the funeral parlour, the funeral team will prepare the deceased for their burial or cremation by cleaning and clothing the deceased’s body before placing the departed into a casket to be displayed for the funeral. The deceased’s hands will usually be crossed over their chest and a Bible may be placed in their hands.
Common funeral rites and traditions for a Christian funeral
The pastor usually starts the funeral with a short prayer for the departed before giving a sermon to remind the bereaved family, guests, and church members of Christianity’s perspective of death and the afterlife, usually including the concept of Christ gaining victory over Death.
Family members and close friends are also encouraged to deliver a eulogy prior to the burial/cremation to share their memories and a testimony of a life well-lived by the departed, as well as his/her intimate connection with God. Memorial services are usually conducted by the pastor, together with relatives, close friends, and church members at the funeral wake. Prayers and hymns are customarily read and sung respectively throughout the funeral service to bring comfort and hope to the bereaved family.
Prior to the burial/cremation, family members are given private time to pay their final tribute to the deceased and to place flowers into the casket.
Once everybody has given the deceased their respects, the pastor will conclude the service with some closing words and lead the funeral procession with everyone following the hearse to the cemetery, where the pastor concludes with the Rite of Committal for the soul of the departed and praises for Jesus before the casket is lowered into the grave.
Typically families of the Christian faith prefer burial over cremation because this interferes with the beliefs of the afterlife and resurrection. However, if the family members prefer to cremate rather than bury the deceased, we can help make the arrangements for the collection of ashes. The ashes would then be placed at either a public or private columbarium or be scattered into the open sea, depending on the departed/family’s preference.
Common etiquettes at a Christian Funeral
Black attire or dull colours are often worn at a Christian funeral. Fellow guests can opt to give flowers, money, or a sympathy gift as consolation for the bereaved family. At the reception table, there will be a Condolence Book where fellow guests can pen down some prayers and bible verses to comfort the bereaved family. There is no expectation to bring anything to a funeral, most guests would bring flowers or a donation for the grieving family as a kind gesture.
Regardless of your denomination, if you need to engage Christian funeral services and a Christian funeral package in Singapore with affordable and transparent pricing for your loved one, whether it’s to be held at your HDB void deck or a funeral parlour, you can contact us for more info (call our experienced funeral director or funeral consultants anytime at our 24-hour hotline +65 8823 7979) on the necessary preparations for all the funeral arrangements and logistics with empathy and professionalism to ensure that the deceased can have a dignified send-off.