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Questions tagged [funeral]

The ceremonies honoring a dead person, typically involving prayers and burial/cremation

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Is the orientation of a grave facing East required in the Catholic Church?

I noticed in a local rural cemetary that all the graves run east-west. It also appears that the Head stones are on the West end of the vault/coffin. Thus, I intuit that the Head is near the West ...
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Why does the Catholic Church prefer burials over cremation?

In a copy of Order of Christian Funerals that my deacon owns, it says this regarding burial and cremation: 413 Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as ...
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Funeral Mass vs. Mass for the Deceased

My mother is recently deceased. My siblings want just a Mass said for our recently deceased mother. Is there a Mass for the Deceased other than a funeral?
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In Catholicism, is the Eucharist observed during funerals?

First off I know next to nothing about Christianity. Well, I do know that Catholics have more traditions and ceremonies than Protestants do, and I know about Eucharist. What I didn't know is that ...
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Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?

I've noticed that Christian funerals and burials tend to come several days after the death, even in cases where the death was expected, there was no police involvement (so no need to wait on ...
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Is it against the Bible not to have a funeral for a family member who dies? [closed]

So is a funeral something the Bible requires, either directly or indirectly, if an unbelieving family member dies? Would it make a difference if the dead person was a Christian, whether to have a ...
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What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral?

What do Chinese Christians wear to a Western or Chinese Christian funeral? In the West, it seems that black is the popular color for death and funerals. You see this in movies, where women would ...
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In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury and hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative? [closed]

In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury or hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative in a Christian cemetery near the church? I am ...