If you are Greek Orthodox and there is not a Greek Orthodox church in your community, you may be wondering how you can have a funeral. There are lots of options. Here are some tips and ideas to consider. 1. Plan a Funeral Service in Another Town If you want to have your own funeral or the funeral of a loved one in an Orthodox church, you may need to plan to go to another town.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.