Glossary of Funeral Terms
(Updated 01-17-15)
The Funeral Source’s guide to funeral terminology
"Technical definitions to tough terms"
Words and terms are in alphabetical order
We apologize if anyone is offended by the graphic nature of these definitions.
However the words are defined as technically, and literally as possible.
                              (Example)
F
Funeral- (noun)
1.  The ceremonies that are performed at the burial or burning of a dead body. A
funeral usually includes a religious service and taking the body to the place where
it is buried or burned.
2.  A procession taking a dead person’s body to the place where it is buried or
burned
3.  The rites and ceremonies preceding and accompanying burial
4.  A gathering or procession of persons on the occasion of a burial
5.  A burial rite

(Adjective)
1.  Of a funeral; suitable for a funeral: a funeral procession. A funeral march
2.  Pertaining to, suitable for, our used at a funeral
(Origin- from Medieval Latin (funeris)
Funeral Synonyms: obsequies, exequies, burial, inhumation, interment,
entombment, last rites, services, and cremation.

“The last bedtime story” (Leonard Levinson).

“A consolation to the living than of any service to the dead” (St. Augustine)

“A funeral with plumes and lights, And music, went to Camelot” (Tennyson)
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