Cards of recognition sent to friends for kindness shown to a deceased's family.
An Alter attendent
The table from which Holy Communion is served and prayers are offered.
A meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral arraingements are discussed.
An Imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the Cemetery to cover the eatrh around the grave.
A ritual blessing offered at the concusion of the service.
The text containing recitations, prayers and prescribed orders of worship in the Episcopal Church.
Book of Common Prayer
A legal document, issued by a govermental agency, sthorizing transportation and/or disposition of a human body.
Burial-Transit Permit (Disposition Permit)
A portable shelter employed to cover the grave area during the commital.
Canopy (Cemetery Tent)
A religious singer who assist the clergy; assist the Rabbi in the Jewish Faith;assist the Priest in the Eastern Orthodox faith.
One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service.
Casket Bearer (Pallbearer)
The officiant who celebrates the MASS in the Roman Catholic Church.
A legal copy of the original death certificate.
Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
An ecclesiastic attched to the military or to the chapel of an institution.
The place about the alter of the church, usually enclosing the clergy and other of finials.
A structure, room, or space in a mausoleum or other building containing niches or recesses used to hold cremated remains.
That portion of the funeral which is conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies.
A public officer whose chief duty is to investigate questionable deaths(aka medical examiner)
A portable stretcher commonly employed in a ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased.
Cremated human remains
The reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically designed retort or chamber.
A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
One who carries the processional cross in ecclesiastical processions.
A chamber in a mausoleum, of sufficient size, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person.
A legal document containing vital statistic, dispostion, and final medical information pertaining to the deceased.
A classified notice publicizing the death of a person and giving those details of the funeral service that the survivors wish to have published.
One in whom all physical life has ceased.
The recognition of similarities between Christians rather than difference between denominations.
The right side of the church (as the congregation faces the alter) from which readings and prayers are often proclaimed.
The placing of a remains in a crypt in a mausoleum.
To accompany, as a leader of the procession or guardian of the group.
An oration praising an individual, usally after death.
Belonging to a brother ; of or relating to a brotherhood.
The term applied to the completing of the service and financial details of the funeral at the time of need.
The act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility.
The left side of of the church (as the congregatiuon faces the alter) from which sermons are preached.
An excavation in the earth as a place for interment.
Webbing or Similiar material used for lowering the casket into the grave.
Friends of the family or members of an organization or group who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased. They do not carry the casket.
Honorary Casket Bearers (Honorary Pallbearers)
One who supplies the vital statistics information concerning the deceased.
To Bury in the ground
The act of placing the dead human body in the ground.
Interment (Burial, Inhumement)
The act of placing cremains in an urn.
One's relatives; referring to blood relationship (while the surviving spouse is not a kin, this person has ties of relationship that are socially and legally recognized).
A prescribed order or form of worship specific to a particular denomination which will have the Eucharist or Holy Communion as its central element.
Liturgical (Eucharist Centered) Worship
A subdivision in a cemetery which consists of several grave or interment spaces.
A mechanical device used to lower a casket into the ground.
A building containing crpts or vaults for entombment.
A forensically-trained physician whose duty it is to investigate questionable or unattended death (has replaced the coroner in some states).
A pamphlet made available at the funeral service giving details about the deceased and the funeral arrangements.
Memorial Folder (service folder)
A cemetery, or section of a cemetery, with only flush to the ground type markers.
The entry way into the funeral home or church.
Narthex (Lobby, Vestibule, Foyer)
A cemetery created and maintained under an Act of Congress for burial of veterans of military services and their family members.
The seating or auditorium section of the church.
A recess or space in a columbarium used for the permanent placing of cremated remains.
A form or order of worship which 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 minister.
Non-Liturgical (scripture centered) Worship
A news item concerning the death of a person which usally contains a biographical sketch.
Funeral rites or burial ceremonies
One who conducts a religious service or ceremony.
A symbolic cloth covering placed over the casket.
Belonging to a parish; restricted to a parish; limited in range or scope.
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 indefinitly.
Those funeral arrangements made in advance of need that include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Prefunded Funeral Arrangements
Any Western Christian who is not an adherent to the Roman Catholic Church.
One authorized to read the lessons and scriptures in the Church of Christ,Scientist faith.
A structure so designed for the temporary stortage of bodies which are not to be immediately interred.
A book or list of those attending the service.
Register Book (Memorial Book)
In Liturgical churches, stated directions in a prayer book or liturgical manual regarding the order of service as approved by the denomination.
The burning chamber in a crematory.
Liturgically, the part of the church containing the altar (or, if there are several altars, the high altar). Commonly the term is used to refer to a holy or sacred place devoted to the worship of any deity. Historically, a place of refuge.
A branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which provides benefits for retirement, survivors' insurance, disability, health insurance, and death.
Social Security Administration
A litter, usually of canvas, for carrying disabled or dead persons.
One who outlives another person or event.
A general term designating those places suitable for the reception of a dead human body.
The wings of the main part of the church which may serve at small chapels for baptisms, weddings and even small funeral services.
The moving of the dead human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated place.
Transfer of Remains or Removal or First Call
The automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the mortuary.
Transfer vehicle or First car
Ritual garments worn by the clergy.
One who has served a prescribed period of time with the armed services and who is no longer an active member of the armed services.
A federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed services
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
Visitation (Calling Hours or Visiting Hours)
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.