Lincoln Family Funerals – Greek Orthodox Funeral Director
Lincoln Family Funerals has arranged and conducted many Greek Orthodox funerals. If you are looking for a Greek Orthodox Funeral director who can help with the many rituals and traditions that need to be followed. The younger generations are not too sure of these. Therefore it is our duty to know and understand these rituals and traditions to guide the younger generation and arrange a beautiful and dignified funeral service and to eliminate the stress the family are already under. Apart from arranging the Funeral Service we explain that a family member must bring Red Wine and Oil in a small bottle as well as Boiled Wheat/Koliva in a small bowl. These are to be place at Church in the center of the Nave (a special table). The wheat is a symbol of the Resurrection. We explain that it is traditional to arrange a Grave Marker and a Candle box, both for the grave site after the burial. We can organize these for the family as well as arranging Memorial cards which can be personalized or can be symbolic with their Catholic Icon. Our staff can arrange Funeral Notices to go into the Greek newspaper, Neos Kosmos in Melbourne.
It is not uncommon for the funeral service to take place within 2 – 3 days from when their loved one has passed. A viewing and prayers usually take place at the Funeral Home or in church the night before the Service. This is usually with an open casket. On the day of the Funeral Service our staff are prepared for a large amount of Floral Tributes from family and friends so we would ensure we have a spare car to carry any extra flowers to the cemetery after the service. The service generally goes for approximately 60 minutes. The casket is open throughout the service with a procession passing the casket to pay their last respects to the deceased. Lincoln Family Funerals staff are beside the casket, one holding the Icon for mourners to kiss and the other ensuring the procession is done in a dignified and orderly manner. Following the service the priest will accompany our hearse driver to the Cemetery.
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At the graveside, there is a brief prayer ceremony. The officiating priest will pour wine, oil and some of the Koliva onto the grave at the cemetery and usually puts soil on top of the casket in the shape of a cross. Family are then invited to place soil into the grave followed by the other mourners. Often a flower is placed into the grave as well. Following the service the mourners will have a wake at the Cemetery prepared by their fellow community or back at the church hall.
If you require assistance with arranging an Orthodox Funeral Service please don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff at Lincoln Family Funerals on 9333 0997 or go to our contact page.