Hi, as I stated in the prayer forum , a prominent member of our community died yesterday and his funeral will take place on Wednesday...and thank God I have never been to any Orthodox funerals or any at all....the only funeral I went to was a Roman Catholic 1.
So wut happens? What do I do?
1. At the funeral home do I go to the casket and kneel down and say a prayer and then console the family members?? When and if you do kneel down in front of the casket is it open or closed? i know some orthodox have the cascket closed...do I have to kiss the head? I know it sounds strange but at an italian catholic funeral i went to in my family, they kissed his hands which were entwined with a rosary or his forehead.
2. At the funeral liturgy, is it a normal liturgy or is it an entire separate service? I have a copy of english byzantine funerary chants by Fr. Apostolos Hill...beautiful.
3. Do I offer the family something? a donation? food?
Thanks 4 ur prayers,