Religious Studies: Funeral Rites

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What are funeral rites?
The customs and ceremonies that happen after a person has died.
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What will many people do at some point in their life?(2)
Consider their death and how they may like to be remembered. Many people will plan their own funerals if they are given if they are given the opportunity so they can be remembered in their own special way.
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What will people often choose for their funeral?
Suitable words to be spoken or music to be played which held a special meaning to them.
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What do Christians believe about funeral rites? Why?(3)
That they are very important because they help those left behind cope with their loss, provide comfort and are an opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased.
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Complete the sentence: Funerals in Christianity have an ________ purpose. They often follow a set _______ but are _______ enough to be personalised.
Funerals in Christianity have an important purpose. They often follow a set structure but are flexible enough to be personalised.
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Complete the sentence: Christian funeral services may ____ slightly for each ________ domination but there are many ______ elements.
Christian funeral services may vary slightly for each Christian domination but there are many common elements.
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What two ways can the body be disposed after death? Who decides?
Burial or cremation and it is often left to the wishes of the deceased but if they didn't state - their family can decide.
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Which method of disposal used to be the most popular? Why has this opinion changed?
Burial was but as it is the soul which is considered important, many Christians choose now to be cremated.
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Give six key features of in Christian funeral services.
Bible reading, Prayers, Eulogy, Hymns, Eucharist and the committal.
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Bible Reading
Often the Bible reading will reflect ideas of the afterlife. John 11:25-26 is a commonly chosen passage which mentions eternal life after death with God
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Prayers
Prayers are said both for the deceased and also their family and friends left behind. Many prayers focus on asking God to keep the bereaved safe and give them strength to carry on in their lives. The deceased is entrusted to God's care.
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Eulogy
A eulogy is a speech or talk given by the the vicar or priest or a close family relative. The life of the deceased is spoken about and remembered with memories being shared.
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Hymns
Hymns are sung during the funeral service. 'The Lord's my Shepherd' is a popular choice. Often they will have been suggested previously by the deceased or chosen by their family
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Eucharist
Some Christians, particularly Roman Catholics, celebrate the Eucharist during the funeral service. It reminds those present of the death and resurrection of Jesus and brings hope for eternal life after death with God.
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: The committal
After service the body's then buried/cremated-if buried,it's common for more prayers to be said at graveside.The body's usually committed to earth with the words'Ashes to ashes,dust to dust in sure&certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life'
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Describe the feature of a Christian funeral service: Prayers for Roman Catholics
Many Roman Catholic services will offer prayers for the deceased in their final journey in the afterlife
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What are the five aims of funeral rites for both the deceased (D) and bereaved (B)?
Acknowledgement that D no longer part of world but part of God,B can draw comfort from each other&remember D,celebrate D life,expression of feelings&emotions&share with others,&marks beginning of life w/o D&allows B closure to move on with their life
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