Funeral Administration Vocab

Funeral Service Admn
Created Jan 12, 2011
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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...
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...
ALTERNATIVE CONTAINER
- An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle or enclosure, without ornamentation...
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...
ARRANGEMENTS CONFERENCE
  The meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral...
ARTIFICIAL GRASS 
 An imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the cemetery to cover the earth around...
ASPERGES
  Holy Water
AT NEED COUNSELING/
 - A death has occurred and the funeral director is counseling with the family as they...
AVELIM
  A mourner; (Abel, Avel, Ovel) The nearest of seven blood relatives; father, mother,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
CALLING HOURS
Time set aside for friends and relatives to pay respect for the deceased prior to the funeral...
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...
CARDINAL 
 In the Roman Catholic faith, a dignity conferred upon Bishops making them Princes of...
CASH ADVANCE
 - Any item of service or merchandise described to a purchaser as a “cash advance,”...
CASKET BEARER (PALLBEARER)
  One who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal...
CASSOCK, ALB 
A garment reaching the ankles, black worn by secular priests (white in the tropics), purple...
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
?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...
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...
CHRISM
holy oil
CHRISTIAN BURIAL CERTIFICATE
A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in a Roman...
CHRISTIAN BURIAL PERMIT 
 A letter or form from a Priest stating the eligibility of the deceased, for burial in...
CHRISTIAN WAKE
  A prayer service.
COLUMBARIUM
  A structure, room, or space in a mausoleum or other building containing niches or recesses...
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...
COMMON CARRIER
 - Any carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the...
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...
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...
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...
CREMAINS
  Cremated human remains.
CREMATION 
 The reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically...
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...
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)...
CRYPT 
 A chamber in a mausoleum, of sufficient size, generally used to contain the casketed...
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. ...
DEATH CERTIFICATE
  A legal document containing vital statistic, disposition, and final medical information...
DEATH NOTICE
 classified notices publicizing the death of a person and giving those details of the...
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...
DIOCESE
  In the Roman Catholic faith, a geographical grouping of Parishes under the jurisdiction...
DISPOSITION PERMIT
  A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or...
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...
DISPOSITION PERMIT
  A legal document, issued by a governmental agency, authorizing transportation and/or...
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...
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...
EPISTLE SIDE
  That side of the chancel containing the lectern, from which the Old Testament and Epistle...
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...
FIRST CALL CAR
The automobile generally used for transporting the uncasketed dead human body from the place...
FORWARDING REMAINS
 - One of the categories required to be itemized on the GPL (if the funeral provider offers...
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...
HESPED
  In the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is a part...
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...
HONORARY PALLBEARERS
  Friends of the family or members of an organization or group who act as an escort or...
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...
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...
ISLAM
 The religion of Muslims (Moslems) that began at the time of Mohammed; Muslims believe...
JEWISH STAR
In the Jewish faith, a hexagram. formed by the combination of two triangles. May be called...
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,...
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...
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...
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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