Coptic and Egyptian Rituals
Founded in Egypt during the first century, the Coptic Christian Church prides itself in tradition and has deep rooted seeds of belief in their ways. Their funeral services are no exception, and Memorial Properties understands that. Our mission is to pay res cpect- not only to the deceased and their traditions, but to the wishes of the family members and loved ones as well. In order to do so, we at Memorial Properties have dedicated ourselves to learning the ways of several different funerary traditions, Coptic and Egyptian funerals included. In respect to the religion, we offer a variety of burial packages and programs for those who wish to honor their traditions or incorporate different aspects of their religion into the funeral and burial services.
Coptic Funeral Traditions
The funeral arrangements of Coptic/Egyptians are submerged in ritual. As an individual approaches death, the loved one’s family and close friends vigilantly stand by the person during their final days on earth. Usually, a priest will be on standby to allocate the loved one’s last wishes. The Coptic/Egyptian culture formerly carried out an expedient burial. This means that if a loved one passed away in the morning hours, their burial would be held in the afternoon on the same day. If that was unfeasible, the deceased loved one would stay home overnight and the funeral would be held the following day. However, these instructions have been relaxed to permit families to bury their loved one on the day they prefer.
Regarding the body of the deceased loved one, the figure is to be carefully but thoroughly washed, then perfumed. In these instances, embalming is also permitted. For burial, the loved one’s apparel depends on the individual. If the person who passed away was a woman, she will be clothed in white linen or a shroud, whereas men are buried in everyday apparel or a formal outfit. However, for the most devout Christian person, the particular clothing the individual wore on a holy pilgrimage was most likely saved and therefore will be used. Once efficiently clothed and cleaned, the loved one’s body is gently placed in a casket with a pair of beautiful candles.
When a beloved individual has passed, close family and friends are habitually expected to present the news to neighbors and the media. Formerly, in rural villages, a coalition composed of six females dressed in all black would travel through each neighborhood and cry the name of the deceased member. The family of the deceased loved one would also travel to the church to pay proper respects. Many Coptic Christians have fasted prior to burying a loved one.
During the funeral session, mourners must wear black and women must cover their heads, per tradition. Wailing is also accepted as an important element of the funeral. Prior to entering the room where the loved one’s casket is resting, mourners will shriek a saying called “suwat,” an emotional outcry meant to honor the departed. Nevertheless, once in the presence of the departed loved one, talking and greeting amongst mourners as well as holding cigarettes and coffee is looked down upon.
Coptic and Egyptian Burial Services in New Jersey at Memorial Properties
When it comes to religion and cultural traditions, we recognize how important it is for everything to operate perfectly. That’s why Memorial Properties will coordinate funeral proceedings with a church or religious institution of your choice. In doing so, we will do everything in our power to make sure that the family and loved ones are well accommodated, comfortable, and approving of everything occurring. We specialize in creating custom funerary packages to suit any needs or requests you may have. If you are looking to fulfill every ritual and tradition according to Coptic Christianity and their ways, Memorial Properties will help guide you along the way.
To learn more about Coptic Christian Egyptian funeral services, contact Memorial Properties at (732) 416-7363 today.