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Funeral Directing Glossary

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Ablution (Abluere)
Rinsing of the mouth, Eucharistic vessels and fingers after touching the sacred host.
Absolution
Sacramental remission of sin.
Acclamation
Peoples response, in liturgical worship.
Acknowledgment Cards
Cards of recognition sent to friends for kindness shown to a deceased's family.
Acolyte
An altar attendant (male or female).
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.
Aftercare (Follow-up Care)
Those appropriate and helpful acts of counseling that come after the funeral.
Agnus Dei
Lamb of God
Alar Hashalom
Phrase used after the name of a departed male meaning, "Peace be upon him".
Alehaw Hashalom
Phrase used after the name of a departed male meaning, "Peace be upon her".
Alb, Tunica Alba
White undergarment of linen, reaching to the feet.
Allah
In the Islam Faith, the name for God.
Alleluia
Praise ye God
Altar, Altaria
An elevated place or structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith, a table on which the Eucharist or Holy Communion is served and prayers are offered.
Alternative Container
An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle or enclosure, without ornamentation or a fixed interior lining, which is designed for the encasement of human remains and which is made of fiberboard, pressed wood, composition materials (with or without an outside covering) or like materials.
Ambo
A raised place between the sanctuary and nave. For reading of the lessons/sermons.
Amen
So be it, let it happen.
Amice
Shouldercloth, Rectangular linen cloth with straps (30" x 20") worn under the alb.
Apse, Apsis
Semicircle end of the presbytery.
Archbishop
in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of an archdiocese.
Archdiocese
A geographical grouping of one or more diocese under the jurisdiction of an archbishop.
Ark
Focal point of service in a synagogue or temple, the receptacle of the Torah (written law). It may be portable or an opening in a wall.
Aron
Hebrew meaning container; a casket made entirely of wood and contains no metal parts.
Arrangements Conference
The meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral arrangements are discussed.
Artificial Grass
An imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the cemetery to cover the earth around the grave.
Asperges
Holy water
At Need Counseling
A death has occurred and the funeral director is counseling with the family as they select the services and items of merchandise in completing arrangements for the funeral service of their choice.
Avelim
A mourner; (Abel, Avel, Ovel) The nearest of seven blood relatives; father, mother, husband, wife, son, or daughter, brother and sister.
Bais Hakevorus
Burial grounds.
Bar Minen
A deceased male.
Bat Minen
A deceased female.
Benediction
a ritual blessings offered at the conclusion of a service.
Bet Olan
To bury; (Bais Olam, Bet Almin) everlasting home, graveyard or burial grounds.
Bimah
The portion of the synagogue or temple raised above the congregation seating.
Bishop
in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of a diocese.
Book of Common Prayer
the text containing recitations, prayers and prescribed orders of worship in the Episcopal Church.
Bow
An inclination of the body made while standing during Liturgical prayer.
Brandeum
A cloth that has been laid upon the grave of a saint and then used as a substitute for a relic.
Breaking of Bread
The fractioning of the altarbreads before the communion.
Brother
in the Roman Catholic faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordained or while preparing for ordination.
Brotherhood
Relating to a social or religious organization
Burial
The act of placing the dead human body in the ground.
Burial Ground
An area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies.
Burial-Transport Permit (Disposition Permit)
A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition, of a dead human body.
Calling Hours
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
Canopy (Cemetery Tent)
A portable shelter employed to cover the grate area during the committal.
Cantor
A religious singer who assists the clergy; assists the Rabbi in the Jewish faith; assists the Priest in the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Cardinal
In the Roman Catholic faith, a dignity conferred upon Bishops making them Princes of the church.
Cash Advance
Any item of service or merchandise described to a purchaser as a "cash advance," "accommodation," "cash disbursement," or similar term. A cash advance item is also any item obtained from a third party and paid for by the funeral provider on the purchaser's behalf. Cash advance items may include, but are not limited to: cemetery or crematory services; pallbearers; public transportation; clergy honoria; flowers; musicians or singers; nurses; obituary notices; gratuities and death certificates.
Casket Bearer (Pallbearer)
One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service.
Cassock, Alb
A garment reaching the ankles, black worn by secular priests (white in the tropics), purple worn by bishops, red worn by cardinals and white worn by the Pope.
Celebrant
The officiant who celebrates the Mass in the Roman catholic church.
Cemetery
An area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies.
Cemetery Tent
A portable shelter employed to cover the grate area during the committal.
Ceremonies
Sacred public worship.
Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
A legal copy of the original death certificate.
Chalice, Calix
A vessel in which wine is consecrated at mass. Composed of the cuppa (cup), nodus (stem) and the base (foot).
Chancel
The place about the altar of the church, usually enclosing the clergy and other officials.
Chant
The singing or intoning of all liturgical portions of a service.
Chapel
A building or designated area of a building in which services are conducted.
Chaplain
An ecclesiastic attached to the military or to the chapel of an institution.
Chasuble, Casula
Outer garment worn by a priest during a Mass.
Chevrah Kadisha
Hebrew meaning "Holy Society". Holy Brotherhood of men or women from a synagogue who care for the dead. (Often referred to as "washers" by laymen.)
Chrism
Holy oil.
Christian Burial Certificate
A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Christian Burial Permit
A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Christian Wake
A prayer service.
Columbarium
A structure, room, or space in a mausoleum or other building containing niches or recesses used to hold cremated remains.
Commentator, Presentor
A lay person who leads prayer and/or reads scripture.
Committal Service
That portion of the funeral, which is conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies.
Common Carrier
Any carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the approved fare or charge is paid (airline, train, etc.)
Communion
Reception of the Eucharist (body and blood of Christ).
Communion-Chant
The chant that accompanies the distribution of communion.
Communion-Paten
A flat plate held under the chin at communion.
Concelebration
Corporate celebration of the same Mass by several priests.
Consecrated Ground
Ground set aside for a special purpose, blessed by the clergy.
Contemporary Funeral Rite
funeral observances that reflect present day (modern) influences in lieu of (or in addition to or as part of) the traditional ceremonies.
Cope
Semicircle cloak reaching the feet and provided with a hood.
Coroner
A public officer whose chief duty is to investigate questionable deaths. (Also see: Medical Examiner)
Corporal
A cloth upon which the Eucharist is placed.
Corpus Christi
From the Latin meaning, "the body of Christ".
Cortege
The procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the place of interment.
Cot
A portable stretcher commonly employed in an ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased.
Cremains
Cremated human remains.
Cremation
The reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically designed retort or chamber.
Crematorium
A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
Crematory
A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
Cross
A religious emblem consisting of two plain bars, which intersect at right angles to each other.
Crossbearer
One who carries the crucifix/cross during an ecclesiastical procession.
Cruicfer
One who carries the crucifix/cross during an ecclesiastical procession.
Crucifix
A cross with a figure or image representing the body of Christ (corpus christi) on it.
Crypt
A chamber in a mausoleum, of sufficient size, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person.
Dalmatic
The deacon's vestment.
Daven
To pray
Deacon
In the Roman Catholic faith, a member of the clerical order clergy) just below a Priest. Also defined as a subordinate officer in a Christian church.
Death Certificate
A legal document containing vital statistic, disposition, and final medical information pertaining to the deceased.
Death Notice
classified notices publicizing the death of a person and giving those details of the funeral service that the survivors wish to have published.
Deceased
One in whom all physical life has ceased.
Dentures
false teeth.
Department of Veterans Affairs or VA (previously known as Veterans Administration)
A federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces.
Diocese
In the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parishes under the jurisdiction of a Bishop.
Deposition Permit
A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition, of a dead human body.
Divine Liturgy
Liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in eastern Orthodox churches.
Ecclesiastial
Of the church or clergy.
Ecumenical
an epithet applied to a council regarded as representing the whole of Christendom.
Elegy
Song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation for the dead.
El Molei Rachamin
In the Jewish faith, a memorial service; literally "God full of compassion"; usually the last prayer of the funeral service; sometimes referred to as the Molei.
Entombment
The placing of a remains in a crypt in a mausoleum.
Entrance Rite
Approach of the celebrant and his assistants to public worship.
Epistle
the right side of the church ( as the congregation faces the altar ) from which readings and prayers are often proclaimed.
Epistle Side
That side of the chancel containing the lectern, from which the Old Testament and Epistle lessons, are read.
Epitaph
A commemorative inscription on a tomb or cemetery marker.
Escort
To accompany, as a leader of the procession or guardian of the group.
Eternal Light
Traditionally an oil lamp.
Eucharist
The consecrated elements of Holy Communion.
Eucharistic Minister
Layperson sanctioned to administer Holy Communion and other assigned tasks.
Eulogy
An oration praising an individual, usually after death.
Exequies
Liturgy of the dead.
Final Comendation
In the Roman Catholic faith, the ending portion of the Funeral Mass.
First Call
The moving of the dead human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated place.
First Call Car
The automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the mortuary.
Forwarding Remains
One of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL (if the funeral provider offers the service). This involves services of the funeral provider in the locale where death occurs and preparation for transfer to another funeral provider as selected by the family (consumer). Funeral Rule requires package pricing of this service with a description of the components included.
Foyer
The entry way into the funeral home or church.
Fraternal
Belonging to a brother; of or relating to a brotherhood.
Funeral Mass (Mass of Christian Burial or Funeral Liturgy)
The name of the funeral service in the Roman Catholic Church.
Funeral Service
The rites held at the time of disposition of human remains, with the body present.
Funeral Arrangements
The term applied to the completing the financial and service details of a funeral.
Funeral Profession
The procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the place of disposition.
Genuflect
The act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility.
Gilgul Hanefesh
Transmigration of the soul.
Gospel
the left side of the church (as the congregation faces the altar) from which sermons are preached.
Gratuity (Tip)
Gift or small sum of money tendered for a service provided.
Grave
An excavation in the earth as a place for interment.
Grave Straps
webbing or similar material used for lowering the casket into the grave.
Guaranteed Contract
one where the funeral home guarantees that the services and merchandise will be provided at the time of need for an amount not exceeding the original amount of the contract plus any accruals, regardless of the cost of providing the services and merchandise at the time of the funeral.
Hesped
In the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is a part of the funeral service.
Holy Water
Consecrated (blessed) water.
Homily, Sermon
Preaching the word of God by the clergy.
Honorarium (Plural: Honoraria; Honorariums)
a nominal compensation or recognition for service performed.
Honorary Casket Bearers (Honorary Pallbearers)
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 Pallbearers
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.
Host
The consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
Humanistic Funeral
A funeral rite that is in essence devoid of religious connotation.
Icon
In the Eastern Orthodox faith, a holy pictures; usually mosaic or painted on wood.
Iconostasis
In the Eastern Orthodox church, the partition that extends across the front of the church separating the sanctuary from the solea.
Incense
A mixture of various resins burned to produce a pleasant odor; used in Church rituals.
IHS
The first three letters in the Greek word for Jesus.
Imam
In the Islam faith, the leader of the local congregation.
Informant
One who supplies the vital statistic information concerning the deceased.
Inhume
To bury in the ground.
Inhumement
To bury in the ground.
INRI
An abbreviation for the Latin term meaning "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."
Inter
To bury in the ground.
Inurnment
The act of placing cremains in an urn.
Irrevocable Contract
contract for future funeral services which cannot be terminated or canceled prior to the death of the beneficiary.
Islam
The religion of Muslims (Moslems) that began at the time of Mohammed; Muslims believe that Islam stands for purity, peace, submission to God's (Allah's) will, and obedience to his laws.
Jewish Star
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram. formed by the combination of two triangles. It symbolizes a new hope for the Jewish people.
Jinazah
In the Islam faith, the funeral or funeral prayer.
Judaism
The monotheistic religion of the Jewish people.
Kabbala
tradition
Kaddish
In the Jewish faith, a prayer recited for the deceased by the direct mourners (parents, siblings, spouse, and children) for the first time at the conclusion of interment service. It is subsequently recited by children for parents at every service for eleven months. All other categories of mourners have the obligation to say the Kaddish for 30 days.
Kever
In the Jewish faith, the grave.
Kevurah
In the Jewish faith, the burial.
Kin
One's relatives; referring to blood relationship (legally the surviving spouse is not a kin).
Kippah
The skull cap worn by men at temple services and funeral services.
Kiss of Peace
Mutual embrace
Kneeler
A kneeling rail.
Koran (Quran)
The holy book of the Islam faith as revealed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
Kriah
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.
Lector
The individual who reads out the scriptures.
Levaya
In the Jewish faith, the funeral cortege.
Liberia
The last responsory prayers after the Mass.
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 element.
Lobby
The entry way into the funeral home or church.
Lot
subdivision in a cemetery, which consists of several grave or interment spaces.
Lowering Device
a mechanical device used to lower a casket into the ground.
Makom
Place of burial.
Masjid
The local church building: contains no icons, statutes, symbols, pews, chairs, or musical instruments.
Mass
The liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.
Mass card
A document indicating the offering of a Mass for a specific intention.
Mausoleum
A building containing crypts or vaults for entombment.
Medical Examiner
A forensically trained physician whose duty it is to investigate questionable or unattended death (has replaced the coroner in some states).
Memorial Book
A book or list of those attending the service.
Memorial Folder (Service Folder)
A pamphlet made available at the funeral service giving details about the deceased and the funeral arrangements.
Memorial Gathering
a scheduled assembly of family and friends following a death.
Memorial Park
A cemetery, or section of a cemetery, with only flush to the ground type markers.
Memorial Service
Funeral rites with the body not present.
Menorah
In the Jewish faith, a candelabrum with a central stem bearing seven candles; it is the oldest symbol in Judaism.
Minyan
A quorum of ten men over the age of thirteen.
Mogen David (Star of David)
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram. formed by the combination of two triangles. It symbolizes a new hope for the Jewish people.
Mohammad (Muhammad)
A prophet of the Islamic religion born 571 CE; considered by Muslims to be God's messenger but is not worshiped or considered to be divine.
Monsignor
An honorary title conferred upon a Priest.
Moslem (Muslim)
The name given to a member of the Islamic faith.
Mosque (Masjid)
The local church building: contains no icons, statutes, symbols, pews, chairs, or musical instruments.
Mother Superior
A position held by a woman in charge of a convent of women.
Muhammad
A prophet of the Islamic religion born 571 CE; considered by Muslims to be God's messenger but is not worshiped or considered to be divine.
Muslim
The name given to a member of the Islamic faith.
Musof
Prayers
Narthex (Lobby, Vestibule, Foyer)
The entry way into the funeral home or church.
National Cemetery
A cemetery created and maintained under an Act of Congress for burial of veterans of military service and their family members.
Nave
The seating or auditorium section of a church.
Ner Tamid
A traditional oil lamp.
Niche
A recess or space in a columbium used for the permanent placing of cremated remains.
Niftar
Deceased
Non-Guaranteed Contract
one in which the funeral home only agrees that the amount prepaid plus any accruals will be credited to the balance due. However, the price of the funeral will be whatever the current price is for the services and merchandise at the time the death occurs.
Non-Liturgical (Scripture Centered) Worship
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 each individual church and/or minister.
Nun (Sister)
In the Roman Catholic faith, a woman who is a member of a religious order, especially one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Obituary
A news item concerning the death of a person which usually contains a biographical sketch.
Obsequies
Funeral rites or burial ceremonies.
Oils
Consecrated oils used in liturgical anointing.
Officiant
One who conducts a religious service or ceremony.
Olam Haba
World to come.
Pall
A symbolic cloth covering placed over the casket.
Pallbearer
One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service.
Parastas
Vigil service associated with eastern Orthodox funerals.
Parochial
Belonging to a parish; restricted to a parish; limited to range and scope.
Paschal Candle
In the Roman Catholic faith, a candle placed near the casket during the Funeral Mass that signifies the everlasting light of Christ.
Pastor
One having spiritual care over a number of people.
Paten
A dish or plate for the host during communion.
Perpetual Care
An arrangement made by the cemetery whereby funds are set aside, the income from which is used to maintain the cemetery plot indefinitely.
Plot
subdivision in a cemetery, which consists of several grave or interment spaces.
Poh Nikbar
A monument inscription.
Pope
The head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome.
Post Funeral Counseling
Those appropriate and helpful acts of counseling that come after the funeral.
Prayer Card
A card with the name of the decedent and a prayer or verse, which may or may not include the dates of birth and death.
Prayer Rail
a kneeling rail
Prefunded Funeral Arrangements
Those funeral arrangements made in advance of need that include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Preplanned Funeral Arrangements
Those funeral arrangements made in advance of need that do not include provisions for funding or prepayment.
Prie Deiu (Prayer Rail, Kneeler)
a kneeling rail
Priest
A title conferred by ordination.
Private Carrier
Those who transport only in particular instances and only for those they chose to contract with (funeral home vehicles and livery).
Procession
The movement, in an orderly fashion, at the beginning of a service.
Protestant
any Western Christian who is not an adherent to the Roman Catholic Church.
Purificator
A small clothe for the chalice used during communion.
Pyx
A vessel or cabinet in which the Blessed Sacrament is kept.
Quran
The holy book of the Islam faith as revealed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
Rabbi
A teacher or ordained leader in the Jewish faith.
Reader
One authorized to read the lessons and scriptures in the Church of Christ, Scientist faith.
Receiving Remains
One of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL (if the funeral provider offers the service). This involves services of the funeral provider after initial services have been provided by another firm at the locale of death. Funeral Rule requires package pricing of this service with a description of the components included.
Receiving Vault
A structure so designed for the temporary storage of bodies, which are not to be immediately interred.
Recession
The movement, in an orderly fashion, at the end of a service.
Register Book (Memorial Book)
A book or list of those attending the service.
Removal
The moving of the dead human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated place.
Requiem Candles
Three candles placed on each side of the casket in front of the altar. This practice has been replaced by use of the paschal candles in many areas of the country.
Retort
the burning chamber of a crematory
Revocable Contract
A contract which may be terminated by the purchaser at any time prior to the death of the beneficiary with a refund of the monies paid on the contract as prescribed by state law.
Rite
A form of liturgy regulated by tradition and law.
Rosary Beads
Beads and d crucifix used as an aid in the recitation of prayers.
Rosary Prayers
Prayers recited in order at a Rosary or Vigil Service.
Rosary Service (Vigil Service)
A prayer service in the Roman Catholic faith usually held in the funeral home some time prior to the Funeral Mass.
Royal Doors
Doors in the center of the Iconostasis leading directly to the altar: only ordained clergy are to go through these doors; never cross on the solea in front of the Royal Doors.
Rubrics
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 the Sick (Last Sacraments, Last Rites)
In the Roman Catholic faith, a sacrament given to those seriously ill or in danger of death to prepare their souls for eternity.
Sacred Heart
In the Roman Catholic faith, a religious picture, usually of Jesus Christ.
Sacristy
A room adjacent to the chancel in which the liturgical vessels, utensils and vestments are kept, and where the clergy rest
Sanctuary
The part of the church about the altar, inside the chancel.
Scapular, Amice
In the Roman Catholic faith, a piece of cloth or a medal having religious significance usually worn around the neck.
Section
The largest subdivision of a cemetery.
Service Folder
A pamphlet made available at the funeral service giving details about the deceased and the funeral arrangements.
Sexton
One who is in charge of the cemetery; the caretaker of a church.
Seudat
A meal of consolation.
Shabbat
The Jewish Sabbath; begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday.
Shalom
A word of many meanings: Good morning, Peace, Hello, Goodby, Love, Until tomorrow, and Farewell.
Shivah
in the Jewish faith, a seven (7) day mourning period following burial.
Shivah Candle
A special candle, which is burned during the seven days of mourning.
Sholoshim
Meaning 30 in the Jewish faith; the 30day mourning period.
Shomer
In the Jewish faith, a watcher; one who sits with the body until burial.
Sign of the Cross
A symbolic sign of the cross, made with the right hand.
Sister (Nun)
In the Roman catholic faith, a woman who is a member of a religious order, especially one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Social Security Administration
A branch of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services which provides benefits for retirement, survivors' . insurance, disability, health insurance, and death.
Solea
in the Eastern Orthodox church, the open area before the altar.
Soul
Source of life (Nefresh, Neshamah, Rucah).
Spiritual Bouquet
A document indicating the offering of a Mass for a specific intention.
Star of David
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram. formed by the combination of two triangles. It symbolizes a new hope for the Jewish people.
Stretcher
A litter, usually of canvas, for carrying disabled or dead persons.
Survivor
One who outlives another person or event.
Synagogue
Orthodox Jewish religious building.
Tabernacle
The shrine in which the Blessed Sacrament (elements of the Eucharist) are kept.
Tachrichim
handsewn 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; serves as a ritual purification or cleansing of the body and should be performed by the Chevra Kaddisha.
Tallith
A prayer shawl worn by men during the morning prayer service in the Jewish faith.
Taper
A wax candle lit in the narthex of the Orthodox Church, signifying prayers and petitions being offered up to God.
Telhillem
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.
Tehiyyath Hamathem
Resurrection of the dead.
Thurible
Receptacle in which incense is burned.
Temple
A religious building of the Reform and Conservative Jewish faith.
Temple Ordinances
Ceremonial instructions of the Mormon Church, given only within a Temple to worthy members of the sect.
Third Party Contracts
Contracts entered into by two parties for the benefit of another.
Thurifer
An altar attendant who carries the thurible.
Tomb
A general term designating those places suitable for the reception of a dead human body.
Torah
The book of Law, instruction and learning.
Transepts
the wings of the main part of the church, which may serve as small chapels for baptisms, weddings and even small funeral services.
Transfer of Remains (First Call, Removal)
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.
Trisagion
In the Eastern Orthodox faith, three short services or blessings that are part of the funeral rite Also, Three short services or blessings, conducted at the funeral home the evening before the funeral service, on the day of the funeral service before leaving the funeral home for the church and at the cemetery, following the funeral service.
Trust Account
Account established by one individual to be held for the benefit of another; creates a fiduciary responsibility. (As a method of payment of funeral expenses). Money paid to a funeral home for future services is placed in an account with the funeral home as trustee for the benefit of another.
Unveiling
Tombstone consecration usually done a year and one day (following the Hebrew calendar) following death.
Veil Chalice
A square cloth, usually of the same material as the chasuble, used to cover the chalice at Mass.
Vestibule
The entry way into the funeral home or church.
Vestments
Ritual garments worn by the clergy.
Veteran
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.
Veteran's Administration
A federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces.
Vigil Lights
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.
Vigil Service
A prayer service in the Roman Catholic faith usually held in the funeral home some time prior to the Funeral Mass.
Visitation (Calling Hours, Visiting Hours)
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
Visiting Hours
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
Vital Statistics
The collection, tabulation, and interpretation. of data concerning birth, marriage, divorce, sickness, and death.
Wake
Historically a watch kept over the deceased; an all night vigil.
Wake Service (Vigil Service/Rosary Service)
In the Roman Catholic faith, a prayer or scripture service usually held at the funeral home the evening before the Funeral Mass.
Yamaka (Yarmulke, Kippah)
The skull cap worn by men at temple services and funeral services.
Yarhzeit (Mahzeit)
In the Jewish faith, the anniversary of the death.
Yarhzeit Candle
A candle burned for twenty four hours on the anniversary of a death.
Yarmulke (Kippah, Yamaka)
In the Jewish faith, the skull cap worn by the men at temple services and funeral services.
Yizkor
In the Jewish faith, a memorial service recited four times a year.