FAQs of Funeral Meanings
Here is a list of funerla FAQs. If you a question that isn’t covered by our list of funerla FAQs, please let us know.
Funeral FAQs – Terms
Q1: What is the difference between an undertaker and a funeral director?
A1: There is no real difference. Undertaker was a euphemism for funeral director for those who was scared to use the term.
Q2: What is a eulogy?
A2: This is a speech about the deceased, speaking about their life and their legacy. It may be spoken by a loved one
Q3: What is a wake?
A3: This may be a buffet or a drink with friends to remember the deceased.
Q4: What is a vigil?
A4: This is where the deceased is guarded during the night before the funeral. Nowadays it only applies to heads of state or members of the Royal Family.
Funeral FAQs – The Service.
Q5: What is a cremation?
A5: This is where the body is burnt at a crematorium, rather than buried.
Q6: Can there be a seperate church service from the service at the crematorium?
A6: Yes, a service with hymns, prayers and a eulogy can take place before the one at the crematorium.
Q7: Do you have to wear black?
A7: No, but the clothing colour is usually restrained. It is probably a good idea to respect the wishes of the family of the deceased in these matters.
Q8: When are flags draped over the coffin?
A8: Usually in military and naval funerals, though it also happens with officers of the Salvation Army.
Q9: Does a funeral have to include a church service?
A9: No, you can also have a humanitarian service, which also includes a eulogy and a number of songs. Humanitarians are atheists who meet together, in a similar way to a congregation. For obvious reasons, humanitarians prefer not to be buried in churchyards.
Q10: If I divorce my partner, would I still be buried with them?
A10: The answer is probably not. The practice of joint burial is usually reserved for couples who don’t divorce.
Q11: I feel the family will not want me at the funeral. Is it my right to attend the death of a friend?
A11: This is a tricky one, because in turning up you may cause a scene. As with most places in life, it is better to go where you are invited
Funeral FAQs – Flowers
Q12: Why are lilies associated with funerals?
A12: Lilies represent innocence. A body after death returns to innocence, according to tradition
Q13: What other flowers are linked to funerals?
A13: Surprisingly, rose wreaths are more popular than lily wreaths, maybe due to its link to love, and maybe due to the fact that more people know the rose’s significance than lilies? Carnations-which represent admiration-and chrysanthemum represents optimism, in this specific instance, in the face of death.
Q14: What message do I put on the card to accompany the wreath?
A14: The messages usually say things like “With deepest sympathy” and “always in our thoughts”. Most messages tend to be brief and thoughtful.