Home Going Services And The Black Community!

Some one sent me a email asking what the difference between a "funeral service, memorial service and a home going service"?...I know many people use the phrases "funeral ,memorial and home going " interchangeably, they are actually different services....In order for a "funeral service are a home going service to take place a body must be present...In other words, the body (inside a casket) is present during the ceremony....The casket lid may be open or closed.

On the other hand a "memorial service" can take place without the casket body being present.
Other than this distinction,they are very similar...Each type of service can last almost an hour and are usually accompanied by a eulogy...All three services can be held at a funeral home, church, or any other place the family chooses.

A home going service or home going celebration is what you will most likely find in the black community.....This is were friends and family celebrate the deceased "going home" to heaven or glory, to receive their rewards.....This service is based on death being a time of rejoicing because the person is going on to a better place....It is usually held in a church, and is often very similar to a traditional church funeral service.


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  2. kisura brock,
    good to share the definitions.

    1. Homegoing Services may also differ, depending on your religious affiliation. But thanks for this definiton.

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