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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

In the Christian faith,how long after a death does it generally take to hold a funeral?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (31232points) 3 weeks ago

Is it around 3 days?

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rebbel's avatar

In Greece, where many people are Orthodox Christians, it is indeed (around) three days.
It’s not knowledge though, but from personal experience.

jca2's avatar

Usually within a few days to a week. A week may be if there are people coming from far distance, like other places in the world.

My mom died on a Friday and we had her wake on Wednesday and the funeral on Thursday.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -Idk why I can’t remember this as I’ve been to enough of them.
@jca2 – That makes sense.My dad died 10 years ago and I cannot remember but it seemed within a week.
An old BF’s dad died last night and I am wondering when the funeral will be.
I already have one Friday. They accomplished this within a week of her death.

chyna's avatar

Yes, as @jca says, within a few days if family is close by. My dad died on Dec 20 and we had his funeral on Dec 24.

rebbel's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille To Greek Orthodox funerals?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@josie -TY
@rebbel- No.Is it a long service?

rebbel's avatar

Ah, I misunderstood it, thought you meant you attended some.

Vignette's avatar

In the grand old days of my Catholic upbringing burial time lines depending on strict Church time line protocols that mostly depended upon picking a day the priest and church would be available. Also Catholic protocols do exclude certain Holy Days that you should not use for funerals/burials. Nowadays I see funeral arrangements being scheduled around the days significant out of town attendees can get to the funeral.

The Jewish faith is the only faith I am aware of that has time specific burial edicts of getting them in the ground as soon as practical with the goal of doing so within one day.

zenvelo's avatar

My younger brother died suddenly last week (the 4th). It took us until two days ago to get the church to confirm a service on the 26th. We had conflicts with travel and travel schedules though, so waiting three weeks was not distressing.

My father died on a Sunday in February of 2007. The next day my mom talked to the parish, and was told “either this Thursday, or you will have to wait a week to the next Thursday” because it was booked other days and would have run into Ash Wednesday.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@zenvelo -I’m sorry for the loss of your brother.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Here, IF they pass during the night or early morning & you get in touch with the funeral home right away, everything is over & done with in 2 days…unless there is a need to wait on family to get to town. I think the longest now is 3 days. The funeral director sells it as the sooner you get through the hard part, the sooner you can get through the grieving process.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LadyMarissa – I just found out that the funeral is Tuesday. He will be laid out tomorrow.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille That’s how they shorten the time here, they are laid out & the family receives friends for the hour to 1–½ hours just before they are buried.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LadyMarissa -The other funeral I have on Friday is just a church service followed by a luncheon.One day thing and that is it.

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ One day is just a little too fast for me!!!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LadyMarissa – I agree. A couple of days at least gives others a chance to pay their last respects if they can’t make the one day.

SEKA's avatar

Very few people are using their church for the funeral service anymore. The funeral homes all seem to have a chapel available that is scheduled as part of the burial unless otherwise requested

mazingerz88's avatar

Catholics in the Philippines, mostly middle class to poor have wakes for at least a week where friends, neighbors and even strangers come to gamble playing card games. Each table helps out the grieving family financially by giving them a percentage of the bets. There will always be some food and drinks provided by the family for attendees. This goes on day and night until the day of the burial.

Sagacious's avatar

Since embalming is allowed, it might be anywhere two to six days. If the body is cremated it might be months after the death.

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