Baptist Church Funerals

The Baptist Church

The Baptist Church is part of the world wide Christian Church. Local churches are self-governing and self-supporting and the emphasis is very much on creating a community or family of believers who worship together and support one another.

The Funeral Service

A Baptist funeral has all the elements of a traditional Christian funeral. The funeral service can take place in the local Baptist church, but the burial or cremation usually takes place at the local cemetery or crematorium because most Baptist churches do not have their own burial grounds.

After the Funeral

After the service, it is usual for family and friends to gather together, either at home or at a local venue such as a village hall, hotel or public house. This is an opportunity for mourners to support to each other, reminisce and share stories. Light refreshments may be served.

Sometimes, if it is a small, private funeral, a memorial service will take place at a later date for wider family and friends.

What to Wear

It is no longer obligatory to wear black to funerals but, unless the family specify otherwise, smart clothing in subdued colours is expected.

Charitable Donations and Flowers

It is increasingly common for charitable donations to be made to the deceased’s chosen charity, in lieu of flowers. There may be a collection for the charity during the funeral service or it can be made independently by attendees.

Otherwise, floral tributes can be sent to the funeral director, who will bring these in the hearse with the coffin, or to the home of the family.

Acceptable Practices

Burial, cremation, embalming and donation of the body to medical science are all acceptable.

For more information, please see:

Baptists Together

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