Coptic Orthodox Funeral Services Sydney
Coptic Orthodox Funerals
Coptic Orthodox funerals are steeped in tradition and symbolism. They are a beautiful way to remember a loved one and celebrate their life.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, consider Orthodox Funeral Services as your partner in the Coptic Orthodox funeral process.
About the Coptic Orthodox Church
The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest churches in the world, tracing its roots back to the Apostle St. Mark. It is the largest Christian church followings in the Middle East and an integral part of Egyptian society and culture.
Coptic Orthodox Funerals
In the past, the Coptic tradition held that burial service should take place as soon as possible after death. If a person died in the morning, it was ideal to bury them that afternoon. Otherwise, they would stay at home overnight and the funeral would be held the next day. Nowadays, these guidelines have been relaxed to allow burial on the day that the family prefers.
Body Preparation in the Coptic Orthodox Church
A member of the family usually washes the body of the deceased. Only on occasion will the family ask a professional to do the job for them; a man for a man and a woman for a woman.
The burial of the body commences with washing and then perfuming it. Embalming has become accepted as well. The clothing will depend on a few factors.
- women are usually dressed in some form of white linen
- men can be dressed in traditional everyday clothes, or formal clothes
- common options of today include a regular linen shroud
The dressed body of the deceased is then laid to rest in a wooden coffin with candles on either end. The coffin is then taken to the cemetery where the deceased is buried.
Coptic Orthodox Funeral Traditions
When a loved one dies in the Coptic Orthodox Church, all are encouraged to share the news by word of mouth and through media outlets. The family is also expected to go to their church and pray for the deceased. Most Coptic Christians observe a period of fasting until the burial is complete.
Mourners are expected to wear all black and women are to cover their heads with black coverings. Wailing is a tradition in Coptic Orthodox church rituals of death, and upon entering the room with the casket of a loved one, mourners can be heard shrieking sounds called suwat as a means of honouring the deceased.
Once in the presence of the deceased loved one, however, greeting, talking, or conversation among mourners is not allowed. Also, common vices such as cigarettes and coffee are frowned upon in the presence of the deceased loved one.
Coptic Orthodox Funerals in Sydney
The funeral directors and staff at Orthodox Funeral Services are as caring as they are experienced in their knowledge of Coptic orthodox church traditions. We will work out the details of the funeral, the Church, the burial service, and other details with the priest and the cemetery. Plus, we will make sure no detail of your traditional Coptic funeral service is missed.
If you have questions about our Coptic Orthodox funeral services, give us a call at 1300 211 700, and we will be happy to answer them.