Russian Orthodox Burial Services in NJ
Russian Orthodox Burial Options in New Jersey
Of all the Eastern Orthodox churches, the Russian Orthodox Church is the largest in both reach and numbers. With over 70% of the Russian community identifying as a member of the Russian Orthodox church, it comes as no surprise that the church is seen as not only a religious entity but a shining symbol of both Russian tradition and heritage. This is why countless Russians currently living in the United States look to their roots and choose to partake in a traditional Russian Orthodox funeral. At Memorial Properties, we are conscious of the importance of religious and cultural traditions at the most pivotal moments in life, and we are proud to offer a Russian Orthodox burial program at our ten locations throughout New Jersey.
Those of the Russian Orthodox faith can choose between in-ground burial, above-ground burial, and cremation at our cemeteries and mausoleums in New Jersey, and we have burial spaces available both individually and side-by-side. We encourage those of all religious and cultural backgrounds to pre-plan their arrangements to take the future emotional and financial burden off of their loved ones – we would be happy to answer any questions you have about the process. Through all of the services we provide, we are proud to help those of the Russian Orthodox faith honor their traditions and remember those they have lost.
Russian Orthodox Funeral Traditions in New Jersey
Within the Russian Orthodox church, death is a concept sliced between partings deemed “good” and “bad.” A “good” death presents itself during old age and habitually involves family and friends surrounding the loved one. These deaths are frequently believed to be associated with good fortune for the collected family and friends of the departed member. Conversely, a “bad” death occurs as a result of unnatural causes. This can include illness, war, or murder and typically leads to a much more somber funeral gathering.
However, to the church, death is not a thing to be feared. Rather, the afterlife is viewed as a new journey for the departed – moving on from this world into a better one. Therefore, the casket is made to be as comfortable as possible for the deceased, often lined in comforters, blankets, pillows, and sentimentally comforting items. It’s also tradition for mourners to throw coins into the grave to “pay for the soul’s passage to the other world,” while their family throws the first handfuls of dirt over the casket to say their final farewell.
The Holy Orthodox Church of Russian Orthodox individuals contains a plethora of prayer services for the departed, commencing with the retirement of the soul from the body throughout and after the funeral service. These memorable services allow family and friends to mourn and present hope for the future resurrection of their departed loved one. What’s more, the funeral services also serve to aid the departed souls so they can be granted eternal, peaceful rest. In addition to thoughtful prayers spoken by family, there are myriad folk customs often displayed during and following funeral services within the Orthodox culture. Many of these folk customs are superstitious, including the action of throwing out all of the water in the house to assist the departed soul in their novel journey to eternal rest and to prevent the soul from becoming “stuck” in the water.
Memorial meals are typically held at the trapeza or Russian church hall. Nonetheless, Russian Orthodox families also obey the tradition of eating at the cemetery where their loved one is resting. The remarkable memory of the departed loved one never ends with the funeral service. Many Russian Orthodox families pray that the memory of the deceased loved one may be graced and eternal. Per Russian Orthodox custom, special services of the departed, also known as “Panikhidas” are performed on the first, third, ninth, and fortieth days after death, as well as on the anniversary of the departed loved one’s death.
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Russian Orthodox Burial Pre-Planning in New Jersey at Memorial Properties
Whether you are planning for your own arrangements or have been tasked with organizing the memorial of a loved one, we will ensure that Russian Orthodox traditions and values are honored every step of the way. Pre-planning your burial arrangements in NJ comes with many benefits for you and your loved ones and is something we advise to those of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Funeral costs rise every year, so when you plan today, you can help your family avoid a greater financial burden in the future. You can also rest assured that all of your wishes will be honored and that your loved ones will not be left wondering whether they made the right decisions. Pre-planning with Memorial Properties comes with additional benefits as well. When you meet with a member of our team about pre-planning, you will receive a certificate of credit up to $1495 to put towards an above-ground space, in-ground interment space, or community bible niche at one of our cemeteries or mausoleums in NJ. We will ensure that all of your questions are answered throughout the pre-planning process so you can choose the burial options best suited to you.
Group Programs for Russian Orthodox Churches in NJ
We work with individual Russian Orthodox families and larger groups of the same faith in NJ. We encourage Russian Orthodox churches in NJ to take advantage of our group programs, including group sales of graves, niches, and mausoleums, which provide several benefits for their members. These benefits include:
- Lowered cost for burial space
- Peace of mind that arrangements will be taken care of
- Cemeteries that meet all religious requirements
- Members of the community can stay together even after death
- The clergy can focus on supporting members through the grieving process
Cemeteries and Mausoleums in New Jersey
Whether you are interested in in-ground burial, above-ground burial, or cremation, Memorial Properties will provide personalized burial services to meet your needs and wishes. We work with individuals and families of all religious and cultural backgrounds and take great care to ensure that we understand what you are looking for, whether you are pre-planning your own arrangements or making arrangements for a loved one. Our locations offer beauty indoors and outdoors, with quiet places for reflection. Our cemeteries and mausoleums in NJ include:
Russian Orthodox Burial Services in New Jersey at Memorial Properties
Memorial Properties recognizes and appreciates how important a role religion and culture play in our lives, and it is because of this that we have dedicated ourselves to being well versed in all different kinds of ceremonial and religious funerary proceedings. Our experience in performing Russian Orthodox funerals is unmatched, and we also offer customizable packages to ensure that each service fits the needs of every individual and family member who enters our grounds. Our burial options include in-ground, above-ground, and cremation, so you can choose what is most fitting to your cultural and religious traditions. If you are interested in planning or pre-planning a Russian Orthodox burial in New Jersey, please contact us today by calling 732-820-0211.