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Acolyte

an altar attendant

Archbishop

the head of an archdiocese

Bishop

head of diocese. In LDS ward is single church

Bonze

Buddhist priest

Book of Dates

Buddhist faith to describe a calendar that is used to determine an accurate time for casketing the body

Burial Transit Permit

Disposition Permit also transportation permit

Cantor

a religious singer who assists the clergy

Cardinal

dignity conferred upon Bishops

Celebrant

Officiant who celebrated the Mass

Chancel

Portion of the church surrounding the altar

Chevrah kadisha

Hebrew phrase meaning Holy Society who care for the dead (washers)

Christian Burial Certificate

Letter or form from a priest stating the eligibility of the deceased for burial in a roman catholic cemetery

Columbarium

room or space in a mausoleum containing niches to hold cremated remains

Committal Service

part of the funeral conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies

Crypt

chamber in a mausoleum

Death notice

classified notice publicizing the death of a person

Diocese

a group of parishes under the bishop

Divine Liturgy

liturgical celebration of the eucharist in eastern orthodox churches

Ecclesiastic

pertaining to the church or clergy

Elegy

song or poem expredding sorrow or lamentation for the dead.

El Malei Rachamin

in the Jewish faith a memorial service. Usually the last prayer of the funeral service

entombment

placing of remains in a crypt in a mausoleum

Epitaph

a mommemorative inscription on a tomb or cemetery marker

Escort

to accompany

Eucharist

the consecrated elements of Holy Communion

Eulogy

an oration praising an individual usually after death

Final Commendation

The ending portion of the Mass (Catholics)

Foyer

Narthex

Funeral Liturgy

Funeral Mass

Gatha

The first two and last two verses of a Buddhist hymn

Hesped

en the Jewish faith a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased.

Icon

Eastern Orthodox faith a holy picture usually mosaic

Iconostasis

Eastern Orthodox separates the sanctuary from the solea

IHS

the first three letters in the Greek word for Jesus

Imam

In Islamic faith the leader of the local congregation

Inhume

to inter

INRI

an abbreviation for the Latin term meaning Jesus of Nazareth King of Jews

Interment

Burial

Inurnment

act of placing cremains in an urn

Islam

religion of muslims

Jinazah

In the Islamic faith the funeral or funeral prayer

Kaddish

In the Jewish faith a prayer recited for the deceased by the direct mourners Parents, siblings, spouse children.

Kever

In the Jewish faith the grave

Kevurah

In the Jewish faith the burial

Kin

referring to blood relationship

Kippah

Yarmulke

Prie Diew

Kneeler

Kriah

Hebrew ward meaning rnding or tearing

Levaya

in the Jewish faith the funeral procession

Narthex

Lobby

Lot

subdivision of a cemetery that consists of of several graves

Makura gyo

Buddhist faith a bedside prayer which may now be performed by the bonze

Masjid

Mosque

Memorial book

Register book

Memorial Park

cemetery with fluch to the ground markers

Memorial Service

funeral rites with the body not present

Menorah

in the Jewish faith a candelabrum with a central stem bearig seven candles. oldest symbol in Judaism

Mohammed

prohet of Islamic religion

Monsignor

an honorary title conferred upon a priest

Mosque

local church building contains no icons statues symbols

Muslim

name given to the islamic faith

Narthex

lobby, foyer, vestibule

Nave

the seating or auditorium section of a church

Niche

a recess or space in a columbarium

Nirvhana

the Buddhist idea of heavenly peace or pure land

Obituary

news item concerning the death of a person which usually contains a biographical sketch

Obsequies

funeral rited or burial ceremonies

Officiant

one who conducts a religious service or ceremony

Pagoda

the Buddhist place of worship

Pall

a symbolic cloth covering placed over the casket

Parastas

vigil service associated with Eastern Orthodox funerals

Paschal candle

in Roman catholic faith a candle placed near the casket during the funeral mass that signifies the everlasting light of christ.

Perpetual care

an arrangemnent made by the cemetery whereby funds are set aside for maintaining the cemetery

Private Carrier

those who transport only in particular instances and only for those they chose to contract with(FH, Livery)

Recession/Recessional

the movement in an orderly fashion at the end of a service

Retort

the burning chamber in a crematory

Royal Doors

doors in the center of the Iconostasis leading directly to the altar. Only ordained clergy are to go through these doors.

Rubrics

in liurgical churches stated directions in a prayer bok

Sacrament of the sick

sacrament given to those seriously ill or in danger of death

Sanctuary

part of the church about the altar inside the chancel

Service folder

memorial folder

Service of Encasketing

In the Buddhist faith a service performed as part of casketing the body

Sexton

one who is incharge of the cemetery, caretaker of the church

Shabbat

the Jewish Sabbath Christi begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday

Shivah

in the Jewish faith a seven day mourning period

Sholoshim

in Jewish faith 30 day mourning period

Shomer

In the Jewish faith a watcher. One who sits with the body until burial

Shroud

A cloth of garment in which a dead person is wrapped or dressed for burial

Solea

In Eastern Orthodox church the open area before the altar

Tachrichim

a hand sewn white linen shroud in which the deceased members of the Jewish faith are dressed

Taharah

In the Jewish faith the ceremony of washing the deceased before the burial by the Chevra Kaddisha.

Tallith

a prayer shawl worn by men during the Morning prayer service in the Jewish faith.

Tehillim

in the Jewishprayers said before the funeral by a group of friends and the shomer

Temple Ordinances

ceremonial instructions of the Morman Church given only within the temple to worthymembers of the sect.

Transepts

wings of the main part of the church which may serve as small chapels for baptism, weddings and even small funeral services

Trisagion

In Eastern Orthodox faith three short services or blessings that are part of the funeral rite.

Vestibule

Narthex

Vestments

Ritual garments worn by the clergy

Vigil

Wake

Vigil Lights

Catholic faith a set of two candles that may be placed one at the head and one at the foot of the casket during the visitation period

Yahrzeit

In the Jewish faith the anniversary of the death

Yarmulke (Kippah)

In the Jewish faith the skullcap worn by the men at temple services and funeral services.

Yizkor

In the Jewish faith a memorial service recited four times a year.

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