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
A call made on the surviving relatives after the funeral service by the funeral director or an assistant.
An elevated place or structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith,
Apprentice (Trainee Intern)
A person registered for instruction in embalming and/or funeral directing under the supervision of an authorized licensed embalmer and/or funeral director
A printed form the funeral director uses in planning the details of a funeral service with the family or friends of the deceased.
A private room in the funeral home or mortuary used specifically for the funeral director and the family
The meeting between the funeral director and the client's 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.
The examination of a remains for the purpose of ascertaining the cause of death (post-mortem examination; necropsy).
That event producing acute deprivation and loss due to death of one in whom emotional capital has been invested.
(From the old English "bear," a stretcher to convey the remains or casket.) A large structure which can not be collapsed into a smaller size and is used to hold the casket or casketed remains during a funeral ceremony
In the Roman Catholic faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordained or while preparing for ordination.
Burial-Transit Permit (Disposition Permit)
A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition of a dead human body.
A large ornamental candlestick holder with several branches, and each supporting a candle.
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 conferred upon Bishops making them Princes of the Church.
(From the French "casse," a chest of valuable possessions); a case or receptacle into which human
Casket Bearer (Pallbearer)
One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service.
Casket Selection Room
A room in the funeral home in which caskets are placed for family viewing at the time of arrangements.
A rigid movable standard upon which the casket rests during the funeral service and/or while laying in state.
(From the Greek "Kenos" (empty) plus "Taphos" (tomb); a monument erected to the memory of the dead, but containing no remains.
An instrumental action dealing with death, that is also expressional and that may or may not be charged with symbolic content expressing, among other things, the attitudes of the participants and possible onlookers
The place about the altar of the church, usually enclosed for clergy and other officials; the sanctuary and choir.
Hebrew 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 arrangement and preparations for the Jewish funeral
Christian Burial Permit (Priestly Lines: Priestly Letter)
A letter from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased for funeral rites according to the laws of the Roman Catholic Church.
a. Group of clients; b. Those who adhere or resort to a person for professional help and advice.
A hexagonal or octagonal receptacle, in which human remains are placed for burial or cremation. Anthropoidal in shape.
A structure, room or other space in a building or structure of more durable and lasting fireproof construction containing niches,
The act of disposition by which human remains are interred whether by burial, entombment, or inurement.
That portion of a funeral service which is conducted at the place of interment or other method of disposal of human remains which implies consignment of Diety for safekeeping
One who publicly undertakes to transport from place to place for a stated compensation, the property of any person who may request his services up to the capacity of his facilities (airline, train, etc)
A portable stretcher commonly employed in an ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased.
A formal summary of religious belief, a confession of religious beliefs, principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
(From the Latin "Cremo," to burn). Reduction of human remains to inorganic bone fragments,
A certificate issued by local government giving their permission for cremation of the deceased.
A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
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, disposition, 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
Death Rate (Mortality Rate)
The relation or ratio of the number of deaths to the given population, usually stated for a given period.
In the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parishes under the jurisdiction of a Bishop.
An individual who is registered by a state agency to perform only basic disposition with no accompanying funeral or other service.
El Malei Rachamin
In the Jewish faith, a memorial service; literally "God full of compassion;" usually the last prayer of the funeral service;
Act or practice of painlessly putting to death persons suffering from incurable and distressing disease; mercy killing.
That portion of the funeral home adjoining the visitation room designed for the privacy of the family.
The first physical contact made between the funeral director and the family of the deceased.
A vehicle used to transport floral tributes from the place of service to the place of disposition, without mutilation.
A room in the mortuary for the receiving and caring for flowers sent for funeral service.
A service room of a funeral home in which permanent pews or chairs are set up without having to move them for a visitation.
The term applied to the completing of the service and financial details of the funeral at the time of need.
An individual, licensed by a state or states to prepare dead human remains, other than by embalming, for disposition to conduct funeral services and to counsel survivors
A building designed specifically for the care of the dead and the serving of the family who will arrange the service and ceremonies for the burial of the dead
Hearse (Funeral Coach)
An automobile designed and used for the conveyance of the casketed remains from place to place.
In the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is a part of the funeral service.
An unsolicited gift, usually an honorary payment or reward for gratuitous or professional services.
Honorary Casket Bearers
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.
In the Eastern Orthodox church, the partition that extends across the front of the church separating the sanctuary from the solea.
Any disposition of a human remains which is completely devoid of any form of funeral rite at the time of disposition.
A service room of a funeral home, in which the chairs are removed for the visitation, and then are set up in the room on the day of the service
An official inquiry or examination usually before a coroner's jury to determine the cause of death.
In the Jewish faith, a prayer recited for the deceased by the direct mourners (parents, siblings, spouse, children) for the first time
One's relatives collectively; referring to blood relationship (legally the surviving spouse is not a kin).
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
An authorization granting permission to perform duties which, without such permission, would be illegal.
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 elements
The failure of a professional person to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or neglect.
Cards on which an individual requests the priest to say mass for the soul of the deceased.
(From Latin and Greek "Mausoleion," the tomb of King Mausolus). A building with several tombs; a building (public or private)
A forensically-trained physician whose duty it is to investigate questionable or unattended deaths (has replaced coroner in some states)
Memorial Folder (Service Folder)
A pamphlet made available at the funeral service giving details about the deceased and the funeral arrangements.
In the Jewish faith, a candelabrum with a central stem bearing seven candles; it is the oldest symbol in Judaism.
Mogen David (Star of David)
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram formed by the combination of two triangles. May be called the Jewish Star.
An erection of stone or other material commemorating the life, deeds or career of some deceased person.
Funeral director-embalmer; a coined word to designate the "caretaker" of the dead (most commonly used term: funeral director).
A building designed specifically for the care of the dead and the serving of the family who will arrange the service and ceremonies
Laws covering the right of possession and control of dead human bodies, operation of funeral homes,
A person in grief because of the death of a person once loved; usually restricted to use in describing the members of the immediate family and relatives
A cemetery created and maintained under an Act of Congress for burial of veterans of military service and their family members.
Non-Liturgical (Scripture Centered)
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 the individual church and/or minister
Religious oriented service that follows a more modern interpretation, including favorite music, peoms, and readings
Non-traditional Funeral Rite
A funeral rite which deviates from the normal or prescribed circumstances of established custom.
A news item of the death of a person, particularly a newspaper notice, containing a biographical sketch.
Person who carries the casket during its movement within the funeral ceremonial procession (preferred term: casket bearers).
In the Roman Catholic faith, a candle placed near the casket during the Funeral Mass that signifies the everlasting light of Christ.
An arrangement made by the cemetery whereby funds are set aside, the income from which is used to maintain the cemetary plot indefinitely
Prefunded Funeral Arrangements
Those funeral arrangements made in advance of need that include provisions for funding or prepayment.
That portion of the funeral home especially designed and equipped for embalming the dead human remains.
Preplanned Funeral Arrangements
Those funeral arrangements made in advance of need that do not include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Primitive Funeral Rite
A funeral rite which may be construed as being identifiable with a pre-literate society.
Primitive Funeral Rites
Those which may be constructed as being identifiable with a preliterate influence, which predominates the funeral rite.
The orderly movement of a dead body and of persons and vehicles during the period of the funeral to the place of final disposition; usually following the rites and ceremonies in a church or funeral home to the place of final disposition (furneral procession, cortege)
The term applied to the duties which a funeral director and his staff do for their clients as part of their service.
A structure designed for the temporary storage of bodies which are not to be immediately interred.
Requiem Mass (Mass Of Christian Burial)
Refers to the mass for the dead. Funeral service and/or music for the repose of the soul of the departed (old mass).
A pre-arranged funeral contract in which the contract may be terminated by the purchaser at any time prior to death with a refund of the monies paid as prescribed by state law
The ceremony or ritual that is performed, according to prescribed customs (usually religious), in the burial of the dead.
A kind of instrumental action dealing with death, but is also expressional - that is, it is charged with symbolic content expressing, among other things, the attitudes of the participants and onlookers
In Liturgical churches, stated directions in a prayer book or liturgical manual regarding the order of service as approved by the denomination
Sacrament Of Anointing 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.
An unusually ornate and elaborate casket, usually made of very heavy metal, granite or marble; and body may be placed directly in it, or a casketed body may be placed in one as a repository
In the Roman Catholic faith, a piece of cloth or a metal having religious significance usually worn around the neck.
A body of persons distinguished by peculiarities of faith and practice from other bodies adhering to the same general system.
That portion of the funeral home which contains caskets and other funeral merchandise displayed for sale.
Service Contract (Statement Of Funeral
A document setting forth the items of service to be rendered, merchandise to be furnished and terms of payment.
From the English "scrud"; a garment; clothing for the dead (poor usage except for Jewish); clothing for the dead (Jewish); a robe like garment
In the Roman Catholic faith, a woman who is a member of a religious order, especially one bound by vows of chasisty, poverty and obedience
Social Security Administration
A branch of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services which provides benefits for retirement, survivor's insurance, disability, health insurance and death
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
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
Traditional Funeral Rite
A funeral rite that follows a prescribed ritual or ceremony which may be dictated either by religious belief or social custom.
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 place.
Transfer Vehicle (First Call Car)
The automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the mortuary.
The legal document authorizing transportation by common carrier, and disposal of human remains.
Permit for removal and other documents necessary for transporting remains by common carrier as prescribed by law.
The rules and regulations imposed by the state board of health governing the shipping of dead human remains, inter and intra-state, and also railroad regulations
In the Eastern Orthodox faith, three short services or blessings that are part of the funeral rite.
A receptacle to receive the casketed remains, providing protection against the elements of the earth; made of concrete, steel, fiberglass or copper
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.
A federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces.
In the Roman Catholic faith, set of two candles, one placed at the head of the casket and one placed at the foot of the casket during the visitation period in the home or funeral home
Visitation (Calling Hours, Visiting Hours)
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
Visitation Couch (Day Bed)
A small bed or couch upon which the remains are placed for private viewing.
A specially designed room in the funeral home where the remains lie in state from the time of embalming until service, affording complete privacy to family and friends
The collection, tabulation, and interpretation of data concerning birth, marriage, divorce, sickness, and death.
A watch kept over the deceased sometimes lasting the entire night preceding the funeral; a watch kept over the dead; today it takes place of visitation, calling hours or shiva, Prayers and scripture reading may be part of the wake
In the Roman Catholic faith, a prayer or scripture service usually held at the funeral home the evening before the Funeral Mass.
Yarmulke (pronounced yamaka)
In the Jewish faith, the skull cap worn by the men at temple services and funeral services.