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In recent years, it seems like funerals and funeral homes have come to follow a standardized formula of ritualism or religion that everyone seems to know. There are distinct features that distinguish a Christian funeral home from a secular funeral home according to FuneralFide Christian Burial expert, Justin Searls.
There is often familiar organ music playing in the background. A select Scripture passage or reference is recited to the audience to bring comfort. Also, there are the family and other loved ones that speak on behalf of the departed and the closing benediction. These characteristics tend to define the standard funeral home and funeral service.
Three central factors set a Christian funeral home apart from its its secular counterpart:
- A Christian funeral home ushers in an atmosphere of celebration rather than a farewell.
Philippians 3: 20-21 (CSB) says “Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.
As Christ followers, we have the understanding that our brothers and sisters in Christ are not gone. We know that they are alive and are given a body of incorruption and glory in Christ.
- A Christian funeral home will emphasize biblical preaching based on the love of God from God’s Word rather than a regular speech.
Romans 8: 38-39 (CSB) says “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There is a supernatural feeling and presence in the atmosphere when the love of God is truly present. The love of God brings a peace from Heaven that knows no bounds and serves to satisfy the hearts of others.
- A Christian funeral home will be characterized by the hope of the Resurrection of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17 (CSB) says the following:
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
The Resurrection of Jesus is the most important fact of the Christian faith that leads to eternal life. Without the Resurrection, we have no hope.
It’s evident that there are central characteristics that make a Christian funeral home stand out above the others. When one enters into a Christ-centered funeral home, that individual will feel the love of Christ and the peace that only comes in knowing that a loved one is still alive with a new and glorified body. Without Christ, there is no life.
About the Author
Justin Searls is a Christian professional writer, author, social commentator, ordained minister, and FuneralFide’s Christian aftercare contributor. He writes a weekly blog focusing on social issues in the Church and he has been published by multiple newspapers. Justin is happily married and lives with his wife in West Virginia.
Memorial headstones come in an array of shapes and sizes. If you’re wondering what headstones are made of and how they are made, then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also learn about the best headstones and the average cost to have one made.
How Memorial Headstones Are Made
There are several steps involved when memorial stonemasons start making headstones, with the first steps consisting of cutting granite blocks from a quarry. After that, these blocks go to a manufacturer, where the blocks of granite are cut down into smaller blocks. After the slabs of granite have been prepared, a designer creates a blueprint of a headstone, which the customer will provide their input.
As for who makes memorial headstones, that would be stonemasons. These types of stonemasons typically only focus on creating headstones. This allows them to create highly detailed and high-quality memorials.
What Are Headstones Made Of?
Headstones can be made with an array of materials, but there are three types of rock that are commonly used. This includes slate, marble, and granite, as all three of those types of rock are durable, reliable and various finishes can be used on them. Sometimes gabbro and sandstone markers are used. Headstones that have been created with gabbro or sandstone markers stand out because they tend to be dark.
In the past, limestone was sometimes used to create headstones and even today some people prefer their headstones to be made from limestone. This is because limestone is appealing. The only downside to limestone is the material isn’t as durable as marble, slate or granite, which means if your headstone is made with it, then it may not last as long as headstones made with other types of rock.
The Best Headstones
The best headstones tend to be upright headstones and flat headstones. However, it really comes down to personal preference, and the good news is that all headstones can be customised to some extent or another. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to compare a few headstones and weigh the pros and cons of each before settling on one.
Also, the best material is marble. Marble headstones are durable and highly resistant to various weather elements. Not only that, but marble headstones tend to be very easy to clean and maintain.
The average cost for a memorial headstone in the UK is around £1,000 for an upright headstone. Larger headstones, such as kerbed ones, tend to average around £2,300. Bear in mind that many factors come into play when it comes to how much you’ll pay for a memorial headstone, such as the type of rock you want it made with, the stonemason performing the work, and what details you want to include on the stone.
Now you know more about how memorial headstones are made. If you plan on having a headstone made, then make sure you find a highly skilled stonemason to create it for you. They’ll be able to create your ideal headstone.
Cemeteries are the place where people do not have a smile on their face, but this place can also be beautiful. People have tried their best to make sure that you give a good experience. This is a place for a lot of different birds and wildlife and keeping it well maintained is a necessity. There are many gardens which is surprised by bringing beauty to the cemeteries. If you are curious, here are some of the places which can help ensure that you have the right experiences when it comes to cemeteries.
Il Cimitero Acattolico di Roma, Italy
This is a cemetery which has been in existence from the Roman Era. This was set aside by the pope to help in the burial of the non-catholic foreigners. This is the final resting ground of John Keats and Percy Shelly. There is also one of the most beautiful statues of the Angel of the Grief weeping over the Altar of Life.
Mirogoj Cemetery, Croatia
This was a cemetery which was constructed on the estate of the Ljudevit Gaj who was a 20th-century linguist. This cemetery is situated at the foot of Mt. Medvendnica. This cemetery was revamped by an Australian architect Hermann Bolle. He was inspired by the Neo-Renaissance arcade and is now filled with memorial statuary.
Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz were two of the most famous architects who collaborated to make this burial ground a bit more appealing. This was transformed as a former quarry into a beautiful site which has a lot of modest gravestones and can be seen absorbed in the forests and the meadows.
Reilig Odhran, Scotland
This is an Island Graveyard which is considered one of the most beautiful places and is the burial ground of many Scottish, Irish and even Norwegian Rulers. This is a Gaelic for Graveyard which lies beside saint Oran Chapel. This is home to many mysterious stones. The legend has it that when the stone wears down, the world is going to end.
Pere Lachaise, France
This is one of the revolutionary cemeteries which offered gravesite to anyone who could afford it. It is one of the most expensive places. Regardless of the price, it is one of the most popular spots. It is the resting place of some of the most famous people like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, etc.
Highgate Cemetery, England
Highgate was a garden cemetery which was made as a place where the Londoners can escape the life of smoke and noise. It is one of the most beautiful places where people like Karl Marx and Douglas Adams lie. It was once a place which was growing weed today it is a scene to rejoice.
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