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« on: January 23, 2012, 05:11:11 PM »

Hello all. During our annual meeting of the parish, our priest brought up a topic and I wanted to know if you all heard of it. Some Orthodox formed burial societies because funeral homes have taken over the religious job that should be done by the Church community.

This was done in ancient times (Im in life insurance, which is the modern decendant of them). I was wondering if you guys have heard of them, or are members yourselves, or if there is some information on it.

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 06:09:53 PM »

Hello all. During our annual meeting of the parish, our priest brought up a topic and I wanted to know if you all heard of it. Some Orthodox formed burial societies because funeral homes have taken over the religious job that should be done by the Church community.

This was done in ancient times (Im in life insurance, which is the modern decendant of them). I was wondering if you guys have heard of them, or are members yourselves, or if there is some information on it.

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I've heard of them, and seen some.  Don't know much about them.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 06:26:06 PM »


I've never heard of such.

However, I recently came across a site that sells "Orthodox" coffins.

I think they are preferable to the cold metal things sold today by the local funeral directors.

http://www.orthodox-coffins.com/
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 08:36:00 PM »

They should call them RUSSIAN Orthodox coffins.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 08:53:15 PM »


Why should they call them strictly Russian Orthodox?
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 02:24:31 PM »

Basically, there were burial societies during the early church that would handle many aspects of burial which would decrease the cost of burial, but also to make sure all tenets of the Church were followed and the body treated with the dignity it deserved. Some Orthodox have started this up again and my priest was wanting some of us to look into it.

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 04:03:12 PM »

I do think it would be great for the EO churches to get with their bishop and have a "burial grounds" that could be fully within the church itself and jurisdictions.   This could keep funeral costs at a minimum and could keep it "more Orthodox".

Even if you had to take members of several different churches under the same bishop, or work together geographically with other bishops it could be worth it.
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 09:19:48 PM »

This week I heard about the Orthodox Christian Burial on the Frederica Here and Now podcast from Ancient Faith Radio http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frederica/a_christian_ending.  I plan to order the book.  There are Resources on the web site A Christian Ending (http://www.achristianending.com/) - not many.  

My husband wanted to be cremated so that he didn't have to put the expense of a mortuary on any of his family members.  I told him that that is one thing I would never ever do again . . . it's just too difficult emotionally to receive a little box in the place of a person. . .and I totally disagree with cremating as far as my faith is concerned.  

I have NEVER wanted to be embalmed - or put into a casket that's costs a fortune and is going into the ground. . .so I was at a loss - I didn't know what the alternatives where.  

Now?  I'm actually seriously considering a card board casket. . .**laughing** and even maybe being "planted" in my own back yard.  But I'm actually excited about having an Orthodox Burial. . .it's just perfect.  

I don't know what other information is in this book - but I hope to order it very soon and take a look at it.  I'll post a review once I've read it.  I hope there are other resources available in the book.

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