Funeral Directing NBE glossary

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Acknowledgment cardscards of recognition sent to friends for kindness shown to a deceased's family.
AcolyteAn altar attendant
Adaptive Funeral RiteA funeral rite that is adjusted to the needs and wants of those directly involved; one which has been altered to suit the trends of the times
Aftercare (post funeral follow up)those appropriate and helpful acts of cousling that come after the funeral
AllahIn the islam faith, the name of God.
AltarAn elevated palce or structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith, a table on which the Eucharist or Holy Communion is offered.
Alternative ContainerAn unfinished wood box or other non metal receptacle or enclosure, without ornamentation or a fixed interior lining, which is designed for the encasement of human remains and which is made of fiberboard, pressed wood, composition materials (with or without an outside covering) or like materials.
ApostilleCertification/ legalization of a document for international use (under terms of the 1961 Hague Convention)
ArchbishopIn the Roman Catholic faith, the head of an archdioses
Aronhebrew word meaning container; a casket made entirely of wood, containing no metal parts
Arrangements confrencethe meeting between the funeral director and the client family during which the funeral arrangememnts are discussed
Artificial Grassan imitation of grass made in mat form and used at the cemetery to cover the earth around the grave
at need counselingcounseling with the family as they select the services and items of merchandise in completing arrangements for the funeral service of their choice when a death has occured
BishopLeader of multiple churches in a particular denomination; in the Roman Catholic faith, the head of a diocese; in the LDS (Mormon) church, Bishop of the ward is leader of a single church.
bonzethe name of the Buddhist priest
Book of Datesa term used in the Buddhist faith to describe a calendar that is used to determine an accurate time for casketing the body
Brotherin the Roman Catholic faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordanice or while preparing for ordination
Brotherhoodrelating to a social organization
Burial transit permit (disposition permit)a legal document, issued by the a governmental agency, authorizating transportation and/or disposition of a dead human body
Canopy (cemetery tent)a portable shelter used to cover the grave area during the committal
CantorA religious singer who assists the clergy; assists the Rabbi in the Jewish faither, assists the priest in the Eastern Orthodox faith
CardinalIn the Roman Catholic faith, a dignity conferred upon bishops making them Princes of the church
Cash Advancecash advance idtems may include, but are not limited to: cemetery or crematory services, pallbearers, public transportation, cleargy honoraria, flowers, musicians or singers, nurses, obituary notices, gratuities, and death certificates: sometimes called an accommodation or cash disbursement.
Casketbearer (pallbearer)one who actively bears or carries the casket during the funeral service and at the committal service
Celebrantthe officiant who celebrats the mass in the Roman Catholic Church
CemeteryAn area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies
Certified copy of a death certificatea legal copy of the original death certificate
Chancelthe portion of the church surrounding the altar, usually enclosing clergy; area behind the altar or communion rail
Chapela building or designated area of a building in which services are conducted
Chaplaina person chosen to conduct religious exercises for the military, the chapel of an institution or a fraternal organization
Chevrah KadishaHebrew phrase meaning "Holy Society," a group of men or women from the synagogue who care for the dead; they may be referred to by laymen as the "washers," in the past, took care of all funeral arangemements and preparation for Jewish funerals
Christian Burial Certificate(Permit, priest lines)a letter or form from a priest stating the eligibility of the deceased for burial in a Roman Catholic Cemetery
Columbariuma structure, room, or space in a mausoleum or other building containing niches or recesses used to hold cremated remains.
Committal Servicethe portion of the funeral that is conducted at the place of disposition of dead human bodies.
Contemporary Funeral Ritefuneral observances that reflect present day (modern) influences in lieu of (or in addition to or as part of) the traditional ceremonies.
Common Carrierany carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the approved fare or charge is paid (airline, train)
Coronera public officer whose chief duty is to investigate questionable deaths (Medical examiner)
Cortegehistorical reference for funeral procession
Cota portable stretcher commonly employed in an ambulance or transfer vehicle for the moving of the sick, injured, or deceased
Cremated Remainsthe result of the reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat
Cremationthe reduction of a dead human body to inorganic bone fragments by intense heat in a specifically designed retort
Crematory (Crematorium)a furnace or retort for cremating dead human bodies; a building that houses a retort
Crossa religious emblem consisting of two plain bars that intersect at right angles to each other.
Crucifer/ crossbearerone who carries the crucifix/ cross during an ecclesiastical procession
Crucifixa cross with a figure or image representing the body of Christ (Corpus) on it.
Crypta chamber in a mausoleum, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person.
Funeral Processionthe procession of vehicles from the place of the funeral to the place of disposition.
Funeral ritesany funeral event performed in a solemn and prescribed manner.
Funeral Servicethe rites held at the time of disposition of human remains, with the body present.
Gathathe first two and last two verses of a Buddhist hymn sung at the funeral service
General Price lista printed list of goods and services offered for sale by funeral provider with retail prices. GPL is considered the keystone of the Funeral Rite
Genuflectthe act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility
Gratuity (Tip)gift or small sum of money tendered for a service provided
Gravean excavation in the earth as a place for interment
Graveside servicea funeral service, religious or otherwise, conducted at the grave
Grave strapswebbing or similar material used for lowering the casket into the grave
Greenecologically friendly
Guaranteed Contractone where the funeral home guarantees that the services and merchandise will be provided at the time of need for an amount not exceeding the original amount of the contract plus any accruals, regardless of the cost of providing the services and merchandise at the time of the funeral
Hespedin the Jewish faith, a eulogy or true evaluation of the deceased's life that is part of the funeral service
Holy waterwater blessed by a priest
Honorarium (Honararia, Honorariums)a nominal compensation or recognition for services performed
Honorary Pallbearersfriends of the family or members of an organization or group who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased. they do not carry the casket