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cards of recognition sento to friends for kindness shown to a deceased's family
an altar attendant
Adaptive Funeral Rite
a funeral rite that is adjusted to the needs and wants of those directly involved; one which has been altered to suit the trends of the times
Aftercare (Post Funeral Follow Up)
those appropriate and helpful acts of counseling that come after the funeral
in the Islam faith, the name of god
an elevated place or structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith, a table on which the Eucharist of Holy Communion is offered
an unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle or enclosure, without ornamentation or a fixed interior lining, which is designed for the encasement of human remains and which is made of fiberboard, pressed-wood, composition materials (with or without an outside covering) or like materials
- Certification/legalization of a document for international use (under
- terms of the 1961 Hague Convention)
in the Roman Chatholic faith, the head of an archdiocese
Hebrew word meaning container; a casket made entirely of wood, containing no metal parts
the meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral arrangements are discussed
an imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the cemetery to cover the earth around the grave
couseling with the family as they select the services and items of merchandise ion completing arrangements for the funeral service of their choice when a death has occured
leader of multiple churches in a particular denomination; in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of a diocese; in the LDS (Mormon) church, Bishop of the ward is leader of a single church
The name of the Buddhist priest
Book of Dates
a term used in the Buddhist faith to describe a calendar that is used to determine an accurate time for casketing the body
in the Roman Catholic faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordained or while preparing for ordination
relating to a social oranization
Burial, Interment, Inhumement, Inhumation
the act of placing the dead human body in the ground
Burial-Transit permit (disposition permit)
a legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportaion and/or disposition of a dead human body
Calling Hours, Visitation, Visiting Hours
time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respects to the deceased prior to the funeral service
Canopy (cemetery tent)
a portable shelter used to cover the grave area during the committal
a religious singer who assists the clergy; assists the Rabbi in the Jewish faith; assists the Priest in the Eastern Orthodox faith
in the Roman Catholic faith, a dignity coferred upon Bishops making them Princes of the Church
Cash advance items may include, but are not limited to: cemetery or crematory services, pallbearers, public transportation, clergy honoraria, flowers, musicians or singers, nurses, obituary notices, gratuities, and death certificates; sometimes called an accommodation or cash disbursement
one who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service
the officiant who celebrates the Mass in the Roman Catholic Church
an area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies
Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
a legal copy of the original death certificate
the portion of the church surrounding the altar, usually enclosing the clergy; area behind the altar or communion rail
a building or designated area of a building in which services are conducted
a person chosen to conduct religious exercises for the military, the chapel of an institution or a fraternal oranization
Hebrew phrase meaning "Holy Society", a group of men or women from the synagogue who care for the dead; they may be referred to by laymen as the "washers" in the past, took care of all funeral arrangements and preparation for Jewish funerals
Christian Burial Certificate (Christian Burial Permit)
a letter or form from a priest stating the eligibility of the deceased for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery
a structure, room, or space in a mausoeum or other building containing niches or recesses used to hold cremated remains
that portion of the funeral that is conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies
any carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the approved fare or chargeis paid (airline, train, etc)
Contemporary Funeral Rite
funeral observances that reflect present day (modern) influences in lieu of the traditional ceremonies
a public officer whose chief duty is to investigate questionable deaths
Cortege / Funeral procession
the procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the placed of disposition
a portable stretcher commonly employed in an ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased
the result of the reduction of a dead body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat.
the reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically designed retort
Crematorium / Crematory
a furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort
a religious emblem consisting of two plain bars that intersect at right angles to each other
one who carries the crucifix/cross during an ecclesiastical procession
a cross with a figure or image representing the body of Christ on it
a chamber in a mausoleum, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person
a subordinate officer in a Christian church
a legal document containing vitalo statistics, disposition, and final medial information pertaining to the deceased
a classifed notice publicizing the death of a person and giving those details of the funeral service that the surviviros wish to have published
a dead human body
Department of Veterans Affairs or VA
a federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces
in the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parished under the jurisdiction of a Bishop
- disposition of human remains by cremation, without formal
- viewing, visitation or ceremony with the body present. [16 CFR 453(g)]
- any method of disposition of the human remains without
- formal viewing, visitation or ceremony with the body present
leading to an organized departure or inviting to leave
liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in Eastern Orthodox churches
pertaining to the church or clergy
song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation for the dead
in the Jehovah's Witness faith, the person who typically conducts the service.
El Malei Rachamin
in the Jewish faith, a memorial service; literally "God full fo compassion" usually the last prayer of the funeral service; sometimes referred to as the Malei
the placing of remains in a crypt in a mausoleum
a commemorative inscription on a tomb or cemetery marker
to accompany, as a leader of the procession or guardian of the group, military personnel assigned to accompany a body following an active duty death
the consecrated elements of Holy Communion
layperson sanctioned to administer holy communion and other assigned tasks
an oration praising an individual, usually after death
process of planning and/or coordinating a ceremony or activity.
in the Roman Catholic faith, the ending portion of the Funeral Mass
First Call / Removal / Transfer of Remains
the moving of the dead human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated place
First call Car / Transfer Vehicle
the automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the mortuary
one of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL. This involves service of the funeral provider in the locale where death occurs and preparation for transfer to another funeral provider as selected by the family (consumer). Funeral Rule requires package pricing of this service with a description of the components included
relating to a social organization
the rites held at the time of disposition of human remains, with the body present
the term applied to the completing of the service and financial details of the funeral at the time of need
Funeral Liturgy (Funeral Mass)
the name of the funeral service in the Roman Catholic Church
The procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to place of dispostion.
any funeral event performed in a solemn and prescribed manner
the first two and last two verses of a Buddhist hymn sung at the funeral service
General Price List (GPL)
a printed list of goods and services offered for sale by funeral provider with retail prices. GPL is considered the keystone of the Funeral Rule
the act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility
gift or small sum of money tendered for a service provided
an excavation in the earth as a place for interment
a funeral service, religious or otherwise, conducted at the grave
webbing or similar material used for lowering the casket into the grave
one where the funeral home guarantees that the services and merchandise will be provided at the time of need for an amount not exceeding the original amount of the contract plus any acccruals, regardless of the cost of providing the services and merchandise at the time of the funeral
- The teaching of Guatama Buddha is that suffering is inherent in life and
- that one can be liberated from it by mental and moral self-purification. The place
- of worship is called Pagoda.
- The teaching of Confucius is related to the path of virtuous
- conduct, moral and ethical principles which regulate individuals and society. The
- place of worship is the temple
in the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is part of the funeral service.
water blessed by the priest
Honorarium (Honoraria; Honorariums)
a nominal compensation or recognition for service performed.
Honorary Pallbearers (Honorary Casketbearers)
friends of the family or members of and organization or group who act as an escot or honor guard for the deceased. They do not carry the casket.
a funeral fite that is in essence devoid of religious connotation
in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the partition that extends across the front of the church separating the sanctuary from the solea.
the first three letters in the greek word for Jesus
In the Islam faith, the leader of the local congregation.
- disposition of human remains by burial, without formal
- viewing, visitation or ceremony with the body present, except for a graveside
- service. [16 CFR. 453. 1
- One who supplies the vital statistic information concerning the
An abbreviation for the Latin term meaning "Jesus of Nazareth, King of Jews".
to bury in the ground
- The act of placing the dead human body in
- the ground.
- The act of placing cremains in an urn.
- (CANA definition) act of placing cremated remains in a niche or grave.
- Contract for future funeral services which cannot be
- terminated or canceled prior to the death of the beneficiary.
- The religion of Muslims (Moslems) that began at the time of Mohammed;
- Muslims believe that Islam stands for purity, peace, submission to God's (Allah's)
- will, and obedience to his laws.
In the Islam faith, the funeral or funeral prayer.
- In the Jewish faith, a prayer recited for the deceased by the direct
- mourners (parents, siblings, spouse, children) for the first time at the conclusion
- of interment service. It is subsequently recited by children for parents at every
- service for eleven months. All other categories of mourners have the obligation
- to say the Kaddish for 30 days.
in the jewish faith, the grave
in the jewish faith, the burial
One's relatives; referring to blood relationship (legally, the surviving spouse is not a kin).
the appropriate term for the worship facility for the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The holy book of the Islam faith as revealed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
Hebrew meaning rending or tearing; a symbol of grief; a tear in the upper corner of the garment or a tear on a symbolic ribbon which is worn by the survivors.
in the jewish faith, the funeral procession
Liturgical (Eucharist centered) worship
A prescribed order or form of worship specific to a particular denomination which will have the Eucharist or Holy Communion as its central element.
A subdivision in a cemetery which consists of several graves or interment spaces.
A mechanical device used to lower a casket into the ground.
Makura-gyo (bedside prayer)
- performed by the bonze before
- the body is moved from the place of death. However, due to great distances that
- may be encountered by the ministers and the dangers of driving around late at night,
- the makura-gyo service is usually held at the mortuary immediately before the funeral
- arrangements are made, regardless of whether or not the body has been embalmed. (Usually the body is embalmed.) [Buddhism]
The liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.
A document indicating the offering of a Mass for a specific intention.
Mass for the dead
- The appropriate term for a mass that is celebrated for a
- deceased person when the body is not present in church. In Roman Catholicism,
- there is no such term as "Memorial Mass."
A building containing crypts or vaults for entombment.
- A forensically-trained physician whose duty it is to investigate questionable or unattended death (has replaced the coroner in some
memorial folder/service folder
- A pamphlet made available at the
- funeral service giving details about the deceased and the funeral arrangements.
A scheduled assembly of family and friends following a death.
A cemetery, or section of a cemetery, with only flush to the ground type markers.
funeral rites with the body not present
- In the Jewish faith, candelabrum with a central stem bearing seven
- candles; it is the oldest symbol in Judaism.
- military personnel assigned to accompany a body following a
- active duty death.
Mogen david/star of david
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram formed by the combination of two triangles. May be called the Jewish Star. It symbolizes a new hope for the Jewish people.
A prophet of the Islamic religion born 571 C.E.; considered by Muslims to be God's messenger but is not worshiped or considered to be divine.
the honorary title conferred upon a priest
The name given to a member of the Islamic faith.
the local church building; contains no icons, statutes, symbols, pews, chairs, or musical instruments
A cemetery created and maintained under an Act of Congress for burial of veterans of military service and their family members
the entry way into the funeral home or church
the seating or auditorium section of a church
A recess or space in a columbarium used for the permanent placing of cremated remains.
Nirvhana/ pure land
- Buddhists believe that the soul joins and becomes a buddha in Nirvhana, the Pure Land. There is no heaven or hell, just Nirvhana. Everyone will become enlightened when they die, and exist forever in Eternal
Non-liturgical (scripture centered) worship
- A form or order of worship which has the scriptures as its central element; the actual form or order
- of the worship service is left to the discretion of each individual church and/or
- One in which the funeral home only agrees
- that the amount prepaid plus any accruals will be credited to the balance due.
- However, the price of the funeral will be whatever the current price is for the
- services and merchandise at the time the death occurs.
A news item concerning the death of a person which usually contains a biographical sketch.
funeral rites or burial ceremonies
one who conducts a religious service or ceremony
Outer burial container
any container which is designed for placement in the grave around the casket including, but not limited to, containers commonly known as burial vaults, grave boxes, and grave liners.
the buddhist place of worship
the symbolic cloth placed over the casket
Parastas (Great Panachida)
Vigil service associated with eastern Orthodox funerals.
- In the Roman Catholic faith, a candle placed near the casket
- during the Funeral Mass that signifies the everlasting light of Christ.
one having spiritual care over a number of people
- An arrangement made by the cemetery whereby funds are set
- aside, the income from which is used to maintain the cemetery plot indefinitely.
the head of the roman catholic church and the bishop of rome
A card with the name of the decedent and a prayer or verse, which may or may not include the dates of birth and death.
Pre-funded funeral arrangements
Funeral arrangements made in advance of need that include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Pre-planned funeral arrangements
Funeral arrangements made in advance of need that do not include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Prie dieu/prayer rail/kneeler
a kneeling rail
a title conferred by ordination
- Those who transport only in particular instances and only for
- those they chose to contract with (funeral home vehicles and livery).
The movement, in an orderly fashion, at the beginning of service.
a teacher or ordained leader in the jewish faith
In the Church of Christ, Scientist, one authorized to read the lessons and scriptures.
- One of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL
- (if the funeral provider offers the service). This involves services of the funeral
- provider after initial services have been provided by another firm at the locale of
- death. Funeral Rule requires package pricing of this service with a description of
- the components included.
- A structure so designed for the temporary storage of bodies
- which are not to be immediately interred.
The movement, in an orderly fashion, at the end of a service.
register book/memorial book
A book signed by those attending a visitation/service.
- Generally celebrated by the family of the deceased together with
- a Roman Catholic minister. These rites would rarely be publicized in a death
- notice and are usually performed during critical moments of the grieving journey.
- Related Rites include the Prayer After Death, Gathering In The Presence of
- the Body, and Transfer of the Body to the Church or Place of Committal.
the burning chamber in a crematory
A contract which may be terminated by the purchaser at any time prior to the death of the beneficiary with a refund of the monies paid on the contract as prescribed by state law.
Rite of commital
- Celebrated prior to the Funeral Liturgy, usually at the
- funeral home on the morning of the Funeral Liturgy preceding the closing of the
- casket. It may be recited by the family, friends, the minister, priest or funeral
- director. It may also be combined with the Rite of Final Commendation when
- necessary adaptations are made.
Beads and a crucifix used as an aid in the recitation of prayers.
prayers recited in order at a Rosary or Vigil Service.
- Doors in the center of the Iconostasis leading directly to the altar:
- only ordained clergy are to go through these doors; never cross on the solea in
- front of the Royal Doors.
- In Liturgical churches, stated directions in a prayer book or liturgical
- manual regarding the order of service as approved by the denomination.
sacrament of the sick
In the Roman Catholic faith, a sacrament given to those seriously ill or in danger of death to prepare their souls for eternity.
In the Roman Catholic faith, a religious picture of Jesus Christ.
- The part of the church about the altar, inside the chancel; (this term
- may also be used to describe the area of the church where people sit for the
- In the Roman Catholic faith, a piece of cloth or a medal having
- religious significance usually worn around the neck.
the largest subdivision of a cemetery
Service of Encasketing
in Buddhist faith, a service performes as a part of casketing the body
One who is in charge of the cemetery; the caretaker of a church.
- The Jewish Sabbath; begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown
in the jewish faith, a seven day mourning period
Meaning 30 in the Jewish faith; the 30-day mourning period.
In the Jewish faith, a watcher; one who sits with the body until burial.
- a cloth of garment in which a dead person is wrapped or dressed for
sign of the cross
A symbolic sign of the Cross, made with the right hand.
- In the Roman Catholic faith, a woman who is a member of
- a religious order, especially one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and
social security administration
- A branch of the U.S. Department of Health
- and Human Services which provides benefits for retirement, survivors' insurance,
- disability, health insurance, and death.
soka gakkal (formerly known as nichiren shoshu or nsa)
- Is gaining a large following in the United States. This radical, new branch of neo-Buddhism
- does not follow the more traditional styles of Buddhism. There is no ordained
- minister; all services are under the supervision of leaders of each group.
- In the Eastern Orthodox church, the open area (sometimes raised) before
- the altar.
A litter, usually of canvas, for carrying disabled or dead persons.
one who outlives another person or event
- a place of religious worship in the Jewish faith; may also be referred
- to as Temple.
- A hand-sewn white linen shroud in which the deceased members of
- the Jewish faith are dressed.
- In the Jewish faith, the ceremony of washing the deceased before the
- burial; serves as a ritual purification or cleansing of the body and should be
- performed by the Chevra Kaddisha.
- A prayer shawl worn by men during the morning prayer service in the
- Jewish faith.
a mystical philosophy, founded by Laotzu, teaching the conformity to the TAO by unasservative action and simplicity. The place of worship is a temple.
- In the Jewish faith, prayers said before the funeral by a group of friends
- and the shomer. These prayers come from the book of Psalms.
- Ceremonial instructions of the Mormon Church, given only
- within a Temple to worthy members of the sect.
Third party contracts
- contracts which involve the funeral director/funeral
- home because the family being served has contracted with someone else (a
- third party) for services or merchandise also available from the funeral home i.e.
- caskets, vaults, urns, pre-need insurance, etc.
- A general term designating those places suitable for the reception of a dead
- human body
- Wings of the main part of the church which may serve as small
- chapels for baptism, weddings, and even small funeral services.
transfer of remains/removal/first call
- The moving of the dead
- human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated
transfer vehicle/first call car
- The automobile generally used for
- transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the
- In the Eastern Orthodox faith, three short services or blessings that are
- part of the funeral rite.
Account established by one individual to be held for the benefit of another; creates a fiduciary responsibility. (As a method of payment of funeral expenses) Money paid to a funeral home for future services is placed in an account with the funeral home as trustee for the benefit of another.
ritual garments worn by the clergy
- One who has served a prescribed period of time with the armed forces
- and who is no longer an active member of the armed forces.
- In the Roman Catholic faith, set of two candles that may be placed
- one at the head and one at the foot of the casket during the visitation period.
visitation/calling hours/visiting hours
- Time set aside for friends and
- relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
- The collection, tabulation, and interpretation of data concerning
- birth, marriage, divorce, sickness, and death.
Historically a watch kept over the deceased; an all night vigil.
wake service/vigil service/rosary service
- In the Roman Catholic faith, a
- prayer or scripture service usually held at the funeral home the evening before
- the Funeral Mass.
words of appreciation
a brief expression of gratitude to the congregation for their presence at the Buddhist service.
in the jewish faith, the anniversary of the death
in the jewish faith, the skull cap worn by the men at temple services and funeral services
in the jewish faith, a memorial service recited four times a year