The funeral order of service can vary greatly depending on religious beliefs and affiliations or non-religious funeral services. Traditionally, the order of service begins with prelude music followed by an opening welcome or message from the officiator, who is generally a member of the clergy or pastor of a church. It can also be a member of the immediate family who facilitates the officiating of the funeral service. Some church denominations follow very specific guidelines for a funeral service.
In a religious service, there may be some scripture verses read aloud from both the Old and New Testament. Non-religious services may also contain poetry readings or a favorite written work read aloud. The funeral order of service can contain a few minutes of silence for the funeral attendees to read the obituary within the funeral program in silence. There is also a time set aside for for sharing from family and friends who may want to share a special memory of the deceased or how they impacted their life.
Several musical selections may be played or sung throughout the service and can either be played from a CD to a full church choir. You can also indicate special acknowledgments aloud during the service or note them within the funeral service program. Religious services also include prayers of comfort and perhaps a short message from the clergy which offers a life after death hope, comfort and encouragement to the surviving family.
Towards the end of the order of service, there may be a recessional and repast noted. A repast is a gathering immediately following the funeral service which can be held at a hall in the church or another location outside of where the service is held.