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Funeral Administration Vocab


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ABLUTION, ABLUERE
 

- Rinsing of the mouth, Eucharistic vessels and fingers after touching the sacred host.
ABSOLUTION
 
- Sacramental remission of sin.
ACCLAMATION
 

- Peoples response, in liturgical worship.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT CARDS
 

- Cards of recognition sent to friends for kindness shown to a deceased's family.
ACOLYTE
 
- An altar attendant.
ADAPTIVE FUNERAL RITE
 

- A funeral rite that is adjusted to the needs and wants of those directly involved; one which has been altered to suit the trends of the times.
AFTERCARE (POST FUNERAL FOLLOW-UP)
 

- Those appropriate and helpful acts of counseling that come after the funeral.
AGNUS DEI
 

- Lamb of God
ALAR HASHALOM
 

- Phrase used after the name of a departed male meaning, "Peace be upon him".
ALEHAW HASHALOM
 

- Phrase used after the name of a departed female meaning, "Peace be upon her".
ALB, TUNICA ALBA
 
- White undergarment of linen, reaching to the feet.
ALLAH
 
- In the Islam Faith, the name for God.
ALLELUIA
 
- Praise ye God
ALTAR, ALTARIA
 

An elevated place or structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith, a table on which the Eucharist or Holy Communion is offered.
ALTERNATIVE CONTAINER
 

- An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle or enclosure, without ornamentation or a fixed interior lining, which is designed for the encasement of human remains and which is made of fiberboard, pressed wood, composition materials (with or without an outside covering) or like materials.
AMBO
 
A raised place between the sanctuary and nave. For reading of the lessons/sermons.
AMEN
 
So be it, let it happen.
AMICE
 
Shouldercloth, Rectangular linen cloth with straps (30" x 20") worn under the alb.
APSE, APSIS
 
Semicircle end of the presbytery.
ARCHBISHOP
 
in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of an archdiocese.
ARCHDIOCESE
 
A geographical grouping of one or more diocese under the jurisdiction of an archbishop.
ARON
 
Hebrew meaning container; a casket made entirely of wood and contains no metal pans.
ARK
 

Focal point of service in a synagogue or temple, the receptacle of the Torah (written law). It may be portable or an opening in a wall.
ARRANGEMENTS CONFERENCE
 
The meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral arrangements are discussed.
ARTIFICIAL GRASS
 

An imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the cemetery to cover the earth around the grave.
ASPERGES
 
Holy Water
AT NEED COUNSELING/
 

- A death has occurred and the funeral director is counseling with the family as they select the services and items of merchandise in completing arrangements for the funeral service of their choice.
AVELIM
 

A mourner; (Abel, Avel, Ovel) The nearest of seven blood relatives; father, mother, husband, wife, son, or daughter, brother and sister.
BAIS HAKEVOROUS
 

Burial grounds.
BAR MINEN
 
A deceased male.
BAT MINEN
 
A deceased female.
BENEDICTION
 
a ritual blessings offered at the conclusion of a service.
BET OLAN
 
To bury; (Bais Olam, Bet Almin) everlasting home, graveyard or burial grounds.
BIMAH
 
The portion of the synagogue or temple raised above the congregation seating.
BISHOP
 
in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of a diocese.
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
 

the text containing recitations, prayers and prescribed orders of worship in the Episcopal Church.
BOW
 
An inclination of the body made while standing during Liturgical prayer.
BRANDEUM
 
A cloth that has been laid upon the grave of a saint and then used as a substitute for a relic.
BREAKING OF BREAD
 
The fractioning of the altarbreads before the communion.
BROTHER
 

in the Roman Catholic faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordained or while preparing for ordination.
BROTHERHOOD
 

- Relating to a social or religious organization.
BURIAL
 

The act of placing the dead human body in the ground.
BURIALTRANSIT PERMIT (DISPOSITION PERMIT)
 

A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition, of a dead human body.
CALLING HOURS
 

Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral service.
CANOPY (CEMETERY TENT)
 
A portable shelter employed to cover the grate area during the committal.
CANTOR
 

A religious singer who assists the clergy; assists the Rabbi in the Jewish faith; assists the Priest in the Eastern Orthodox faith.
CARDINAL
 
In the Roman Catholic faith, a dignity conferred upon Bishops making them Princes of the church.
CASH ADVANCE
 

- Any item of service or merchandise described to a purchaser as a “cash advance,” “accommodation,” “cash disbursement,” or similar term. A cash advance item is also any item obtained from a third party and paid for by the funeral provider on the purchaser’s behalf. Cash advance items may include, but are not limited to: cemetery or crematory services; pallbearers; public transportation; clergy honoria; flowers; musicians or singers; nurses; obituary notices; gratuities and death certificates.
CASKET BEARER (PALLBEARER)
 

One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service.
CASSOCK, ALB
 

A garment reaching the ankles, black worn by secular priests (white in the tropics), purple worn by bishops, red worn by cardinals and white worn by the Pope.
CELEBRANT
 
The officiant who celebrates the Mass in the Roman catholic church.
CEMETERY
 
An area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies.
CEMETERY TENT
 
A portable shelter employed to cover the grate area during the committal.
CEREMONIES
 
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Sacred public worship.
CERTIFIED COPY. OF A DEATH CERTIFICATE
 
A legal copy of the original death certificate.
CHALICE, CALIX
 
A vessel in which wine is consecrated at mass. Composed of the cuppa (cup), nodus (stem)
and the base (foot).
CHANCEL
 
The place about the altar of the church, usually enclosing the clergy and other officials.
CHANT
 
The singing or intoning of all liturgical portions of a service.
CHAPEL
 
A building or designated area of a building in which services are conducted.
CHAPLAIN
 
An ecclesiastic attached to the military or to the chapel of an institution.
CHASUBLE, CASULA
 
Outer garment worn by a priest during a Mass.
CHEVRAH KADISHA
 

Hebrew meaning "Holy Society". Holy Brotherhood of men or women from a synagogue who care for the dead. (Often referred to as "washers" by laymen.)
CHRISM
 
holy oil

CHRISTIAN BURIAL CERTIFICATE
 

A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery.
CHRISTIAN BURIAL PERMIT
 

A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery.
CHRISTIAN WAKE
 
A prayer service.
COLUMBARIUM
 

A structure, room, or space in a mausoleum or other building containing niches or recesses used to hold cremated remains.
COMMENTATOR, PRECENTOR
 
A lay person who leads prayer and/or reads scripture.
COMMITTAL SERVICE
 

That portion of the funeral, which is conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies.
COMMON CARRIER
 

- Any carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the approved fare or charge is paid (airline, train, etc.)
COMMUNION
 
Reception of the Eucharist (body and blood of Christ).
COMMUNIONCHANT
 

The chant that accompanies the distribution of communion.
COMMUNION PATEN
 
A flat plate held under the chin at communion.
CONCELEBRATION
 

Corporate celebration of the same Mass by several priests.

CONSECRATED GROUND
 
Ground set aside for a special purpose, blessed by the clergy.
CONTEMPORARY FUNERAL RITE
 

- funeral observances that reflect present day (modern) influences in lieu of (or in addition to or as part of) the traditional ceremonies.
COPE
 
Semicircle cloak reaching the feet and provided with a hood.
CORONER
 

A public officer whose chief duty is to investigate questionable deaths. (Also see: Medical Examiner)
CORPORAL
 
A cloth upon which the Eucharist is placed.
CORPUS CHRISTI
 
From the Latin meaning, "the body of Christ".
CORTEGE
 
The procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the place of interment.
COT
 

A portable stretcher commonly employed in an ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased.
CREMAINS
 
Cremated human remains.
CREMATION
 

The reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically designed retort or chamber.

CREMATORIUM
 

A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
CREMATORY (CREMATORIUM)
 

A furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort.
CROSS
 
A religious emblem consisting of two plain bars, which intersect at right angles to each other.
CROSSBEARER
 
One who carries the crucifix/cross during an ecclesiastical procession.
CRUCIFER/CROSSBEARER
 
One who carries the crucifix/cross during an ecclesiastical procession.
CRUCIFIX
 
CRUCIFIX A cross with a figure or image representing the body of Christ (corpus christi) on it.
CRYPT
 

A chamber in a mausoleum, of sufficient size, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person.
DALMATIC
 
The deacon's vestment.
DAVEN
 

To pray
DEACON
 

In the Roman Catholic faith, a member of the clerical order clergy) just below a Priest. Also defined as a subordinate officer in a Christian church.
DEATH CERTIFICATE
 

A legal document containing vital statistic, disposition, and final medical information pertaining to the deceased.
DEATH NOTICE
 

classified notices publicizing the death of a person and giving those details of the funeral service that the survivors wish to have published.
DECEASED
 
One in whom all physical life has ceased.
DENTURES
 
False teeth.
DEPARMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OR VA (previously known as VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
 

- A federal agency that administers benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces.
DIOCESE
 
In the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parishes under the jurisdiction of a Bishop.
DISPOSITION PERMIT
 

A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition, of a dead human body.
DIVINE LITURGY
 

- Liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in eastern Orthodox churches.
DIOCESE
 

In the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parishes under the jurisdiction of a Bishop.
DISPOSITION PERMIT
 

A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or disposition, of a dead human body.
ECCLESIASTIC
 
Of the church or clergy.
ECUMENICAL
 
an epithet applied to a council regarded as representing the whole of Christendom.
ELEGY
 

- Song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation for the dead.
EL MOLEI RACHAMIN
 

In the Jewish faith, a memorial service; literally "God full of compassion"; usually the last prayer of the funeral service; sometimes referred to as the Molei.
ENTOMBMENT
 

The placing of a remains in a crypt in a mausoleum.
ENTRANCE RITE
 
Approach of the celebrant and his assistants to public worship.
EPISTLE
 

the right side of the church ( as the congregation faces the altar ) from which readings and prayers are often proclaimed.
EPISTLE SIDE
 

That side of the chancel containing the lectern, from which the Old Testament and Epistle lessons, are read.
EPITAPH
 
- A commemorative inscription on a tomb or cemetery marker.
ESCORT
 
To accompany, as a leader of the procession or guardian of the group.
ETERNAL LIGHT
 

Traditionally an oil lamp.
EUCHARIST
 

The consecrated elements of Holy Communion.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTER
 
- Layperson sanctioned to administer Holy Communion and other assigned tasks.
EULOGY
 
An oration praising an individual, usually after death.
EXEQUIES
 
Liturgy of the dead.
FINAL COMMENDATION
 

In the Roman Catholic faith, the ending portion of the Funeral Mass.
FIRST CALL
 

The moving of the dead human body from the place of death to the funeral home or other designated place.
FIRST CALL CAR
 

The automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place of death to the mortuary.
FORWARDING REMAINS
 

- One of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL (if the funeral provider offers the service). This involves services of the funeral provider in the locale where death occurs and preparation for transfer to another funeral provider as selected by the family (consumer). Funeral Rule requires package pricing of this service with a description of the components included.
FOYER
 

The entry way into the funeral home or church
FRATERNAL
 
Belonging to a brother; of or relating to a brotherhood.
FUNERAL MASS (Mass of Christian Burial or Funeral Liturgy)
 

The name of the funeral service in the Roman Catholic Church.
FUNERAL SERVICE
 

The rites held at the time of disposition of human remains, with the body present.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
 

The term applied to the completing the financial and service details of a funeral.
FUNERAL PROCESSION
 
- The procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the place of disposition.
GENUFLECT
 

The act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility.
GILGUL HANEFESH
 

Transmigration of the soul.
GOSPEL
 

the left side of the church (as the congregation faces the altar) from which sermons are preached.
GRATUITY (TIP)
 

- Gift or small sum of money tendered for a service provided.
GRAVE
 
An excavation in the earth as a place for interment.
GRAVE STRAPS
 

webbing or similar material used for lowering the casket into the grave.
GUARANTEED CONTRACT
 

- one where the funeral home guarantees that the services and merchandise will be provided at the time of need for an amount not exceeding the original amount of the contract plus any accruals, regardless of the cost of providing the services and merchandise at the time of the funeral.
HESPED
 

In the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is a part of the funeral service.
HOLY WATER
 
Consecrated (blessed) water.
HOMILY, SERMON
 

Preaching the word of God by the clergy.
HONORARIUM (PLURAL: HONORARIA; HONORARIUMS) -
 

a nominal compensation or recognition for service performed.
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS (HONORARY PALLBEARERS)
 

Friends of the family or members of an organization or group who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased. They do not carry the casket.
HONORARY PALLBEARERS
 

Friends of the family or members of an organization or group who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased. They do not carry the casket.
HOST
 

The consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
HUMANISTIC FUNERAL
 

- A funeral rite that is in essence devoid of religious connotation.
ICON
 
In the Eastern Orthodox faith, a holy pictures; usually mosaic or painted on wood.
ICONOSTASIS
 

In the Eastern Orthodox church, the partition that extends across the front of the church separating the sanctuary from the solea.
INCENSE
 

A mixture of various resins burned to produce a pleasant odor; used in Church rituals.
IHS
 

The first three letters in the Greek word for Jesus.
IMAM
 

- In the Islam faith, the leader of the local congregation.
INFORMANT
 

One who supplies the vital statistic information concerning the deceased.
INHUME
 

To bury in the ground.

INHUMEMENT
 

The act of placing the dead human body in the ground.
INRI
 

An abbreviation for the Latin term meaning "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews....
INTER (INHUME)
 

To bury in the ground.
INTERMENT (BURIAL, INHUMEMENT)
 
The act of placing the dead human body in the ground.
INURNMENT
 

The act of placing cremains in an um.
IRREVOCABLE CONTRACT
 

- contract for future funeral services which cannot be terminated or canceled prior to the death of the beneficiary.
ISLAM
 

The religion of Muslims (Moslems) that began at the time of Mohammed; Muslims believe that Islam stands for purity, peace, submission to God’s (Allah’s) will, and obedience to his laws.
JEWISH STAR
 

In the Jewish faith, a hexagram. formed by the combination of two triangles. May be called the Jewish Star. It symbolizes a new hope for the Jewish people.
JINAZAH
 

- In the Islam faith, the funeral or funeral prayer.
JUDAISM
 
The monotheistic religion of the Jewish people.
KABBALA
 

Tradition
KADDISH
 

In the Jewish faith, a prayer recited for the deceased by the direct mourners (parents, siblings, spouse, and children) for the first time at the conclusion of interment service. It is subsequently recited by children for parents at every service for eleven months. All other categories of mourners have the obligation to say the Kaddish for 30 days.
KEVER
 

In the Jewish faith, the grave.
KEVURAH
 

In the Jewish faith, the burial.
KIN
 

One's relatives; referring to blood relationship (legally the surviving spouse is not a kin).
KIPPAH
 

In the Jewish faith, the skull cap worn by the men at temple services and funeral services.
KISS OF PEACE
 
Mutual embrace.
KNEELER
 

A kneeling ra
KORAN (QURAN)
 

- The holy book of the Islam faith as revealed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
KRIAH
 

Hebrew meaning rending or tearing; a symbol of grief, a tear in the upper corner of the garment or a tear on a symbolic ribbon which is worn by the survivors.
LECTOR
 
The individual who reads out the scriptures.
LEVAYA
 
In the Jewish faith, the funeral cortege.
LIBERA
 

The last responsory prayers after the Mass.
LITURGICAL (EUCHARIST CENTERED) WORSHIP
 

A prescribed order or form of worship specific to a particular denomination which will have the Eucharist or Holy Communion as its central element.
LOBBY
 

The entry way into the funeral home or church.
LOT
 
subdivision in a cemetery, which consists of several grave or interment spaces.
LOWERING DEVICE
 

a mechanical device used to lower a casket into the ground.

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