Christian beliefs and funerals practices

"Le transi de Rene de Chalon" Eglise Saint-Etienne de Bar-Le-Duc, France

« Le transi de Rene de Chalon »
Eglise Saint-Etienne de Bar-Le-Duc, France

Christians’ conception of the world is a dualistic one, composed of a physical realm and a metaphysical realm. The physical realm is the world on earth but a world where the Christian stays temporarily. Indeed, after death, the soul leaves the body and joins the metaphysical world. This latter is called Heaven and is the realm of God, the creator of life on earth.

Death is here seen as a rite of passage, indeed, when someone dies he or she is judged by God. The righteous go to Heaven and the sinners go to Hell and loose God’s love. Thus death might be seen by some people as something frightening for fear of the last judgment.

Funerals practices:

The funeral is held for the close relatives of the deceased who is grieved for. It is held about a week after the death and follows the will of the deceased, who has chosen to be either buried or cremated.

If the person is dying, a minister will prepare him for death. Prayers of preparation and reconciliation may be said, with only the minister in the room. Family and friends can participate in the Lord’s Prayer, the Word of God and Holy Communion.

Once the person is dead, the body is washed and dressed by close relatives. Then a wake take place at the deceased’s house. Friends and family members allow them to mourn the loved one’s death.

The ceremony is thus held at church or at a crematorium, and is attended by the deceased’s close relations. After the service, everyone go to the specific place where the body is going to be burried. Another small service takes place and family and friends say their final good-bye. Then the deceased’s family holds a reception to receive emotional support.



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