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

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What is significance of the pallbearers' red-black-red armbands during Navalny's funeral?

During Alexei Navalny's (Russian Orthodox) funeral on March 1, 2024, multiple photos show the pallbearers wearing the same red-black-red armbands on the left arm, as seen in Photos: Crowds attend ...
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Can a Catholic funeral include a personal tribute?

My grandmother-in-law had requested a funeral the same as her twin sister, who died 24 years ago. This had included a personal tribute read by a family member. We're being told by the priest for my ...
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Can Requiem Masses be said for the souls of the unbaptized?

According to Catholic teaching, can Requiem Masses be said for the souls of the deceased unbaptized?
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What options does a Church of England family have for disposal of ashes?

Cremation is a very popular way to deal with the bodies of the deceased in the UK, and is permitted by the Church of England as an appropriate method for doing so. The process creates ashes, which ...
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Would a Catholic priest refuse a funeral due to suicide?

In the movie Constantine, Rachel Weisz's character begs a Catholic priest to give her twin sister a funeral, but he refuses because she committed suicide. Is this an accurate depiction of Catholicism? ...
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What is the significance of the 3rd, 7th and 30th day after Catholic funerals?

I was reading a 1952 missal and wondering about some of the customs, one notable one I saw was that there was a particular commemoration that is supposed to be celebrated on the 3rd, 7th and 30th day ...
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History and theological purpose of the Sequence portion of the Catholic Requiem Mass liturgy

In Mozart's Requiem (K. 626), the most musically well known (apart from the Introitus) is the Sequentia portion consisting of the following sections: Dies irae ("Day of Wrath"), 8:06 Tuba ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

According to the New Testament of the Holy Bible, what is the interpretation of the phrase "may his/her soul rest in peace. RIP"?
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Catholic remembrance services for a death elsewhere?

If a person dies and is given a Catholic funeral and service, but that person has a lot of family in a location that was too far away to attend the service, is there an official Roman Catholic service ...
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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 ...
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