Robin Noel
B: 1960-08-31
D: 2020-01-13
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Troy Patten
B: 1987-11-14
D: 2020-01-09
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Richard Stone
B: 1934-02-03
D: 2020-01-06
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Paula Vernon
D: 2020-01-03
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Alex LaPlante
B: 1990-04-19
D: 2020-01-02
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Phyllis Emond
B: 1933-06-09
D: 2019-12-31
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Louise Jones
B: 1931-10-26
D: 2019-12-30
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Diana Newman
B: 1947-05-12
D: 2019-12-29
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Newman, Diana
George B. Whelton Jr.
B: 1929-09-16
D: 2019-12-28
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Whelton Jr., George B.
Kathryn Masterson
B: 1950-11-05
D: 2019-12-27
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Linda Kenney
B: 1944-03-10
D: 2019-12-26
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Geraldine Ahearn
B: 1926-02-12
D: 2019-12-19
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Marjorie Donnelly
B: 1939-06-02
D: 2019-12-19
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Everett Crosscup
B: 1943-05-08
D: 2019-12-18
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Ellen Toomey
B: 1958-12-30
D: 2019-12-18
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Samuel Weisberg
B: 1933-09-28
D: 2019-12-17
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Harry Smith
B: 1930-05-30
D: 2019-12-16
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Paul Tringoson
B: 1930-09-18
D: 2019-12-16
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John Naugler
B: 1940-11-06
D: 2019-12-14
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Theresa Prevost
B: 1927-06-05
D: 2019-12-12
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B: 1966-10-20
D: 2019-12-10
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Traditional Funeral Services

Components of a Traditional Funeral

All traditional funerals generally contain the same main components. We have explained each of the components of a traditional funeral below:

1) Wake or Visitation

The purpose of a wake or visitation is to give people the opportunity to pay their respects to the deceased and the family. You often do not have this opportunity during the funeral service. At the visitation, the body is placed in a casket, and is either open or closed based on the family's preference. Often people say a short prayer by the casket then proceed to give their condolences to each family member. A good suggestion is to say something simple to each family member such as "I am sorry for your loss", especially if there are a lot of other guests. 

2) Funeral Service

On the other hand, the funeral service is intended to honor the life of the deceased, remember what he/she contributed to our lives, and to say a final goodbye. The funeral service can take place at the funeral home chapel, a church, or at the graveside/cemetery. Typically prayers are said, hymns are sung, liturgy or religious passages are read, and the eulogy is given. 

3) Committal Service

After the funeral service has been complete, there is a vehicle procession to either the cemetery or the crematory depending on the type of disposition that has been chosen. If the deceased has chosen burial, the family and guests will congregate at the open plot or mausoleum. The Rite of Committal, the final set of prayers are given for the deceased, is said at this part of a traditional funeral service. 

4) Funeral Reception

It is common for families to have a social gathering after the committal service with food and refreshments. It offers the family a chance to thank guests for attending, and for everyone to share memories and provide support to each other. 
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The funeral service is the largest and arguably the most important component that we mentioned above. For the most part when people think about a traditional funeral service, people tend to imagine a Christian style funeral. A traditional funeral service has long been associated with religion. To further illustrate the funeral service component, we will examine it through the lens of a Christian style funeral. However, please remember that you can still have a traditional funeral that is not Christian. 

Breakdown of a Christian Funeral Service

A Christian funeral follows the 4 parts that we touched on above: the visitation, funeral service, committal service and finally the funeral reception. The funeral service part is where most of the specific Christian rituals take place. The funeral service is similar to any other Christian mass, however, with a few nuances. The main purpose of a Christian funeral service is to pray for the deceased, and to provide support to the grieving family. 
The funeral service starts with guests entering the church or chapel. It is recommended that guests arrive about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the service to be respectful. There is then a small procession down the main aisle of the church by the immediate family and the pallbearers who are carrying the casket. In most instances, the casket will be placed in front of the altar, and the immediate family and pallbearers sit at the very front. Once everyone has gathered, the priest will give an opening statement that is either a prayer, a statement of support for the family, or a combination of both. After the opening statement, the mass officially begins. A traditional funeral service typically includes scripture readings from the Bible, a homily from the priest, prayers, and hymns. A homily or sermon is a speech given by the priest after the scripture has been read. The Priest will provide insight into the scripture readings and will relate it to the life of the deceased. Generally, the family will choose close relatives or friends to say the prayers and the scripture readings. The funeral service often concludes with the delivery of the eulogy. The eulogy typically covers the deceased’s life, his/her values, personality, accomplishments, etc. 
Since there are many sects of Christianity there will be small differences between a catholic funeral compared to a Lutheran funeral, but for the most part the funeral rituals remain the same. 

Popular Christian Funeral Hymns

The Lord is My Shepherd 
By Choir of Wells Cathedral
Amazing Grace 
By Leann Rimes
Simple Gifts 
By Elder Joseph Brackett
One Bread, One Body 
 By John Michael Talbot

Popular Christian Funeral Readings

It Is Good and Holy To Think Of The Dead Rising Again: 2 Maccabees 12:43-46

A reading from the second book of Maccabees

Judas [the ruler of Israel] then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.

The Word of the Lord

Whether Alive Or Dead, We Belong To The Lord: Romans 14:7-9. 10-12

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So (then) each of us shall give an account of himself (to God).

The Word of the Lord

Come To Me...And I Will Give You Rest: Matthew 11:25-30
At that time Jesus said in reply, "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
The gospel of the Lord.

Be Prepared: Luke 12:35-40
Jesus told his disciples: "Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
The gospel of the Lord.


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