is the Difference Between a Funeral and a Memorial Service?
funeral service is normally thought of as one where the body is present in the
sanctuary. As a practical matter this means it will take place within a very few
days of death. A memorial service is one that takes place after burial or cremation.
A memorial service can be held several weeks or even months after death, allowing
much more time for planning.
In recent years memorial services are
more common than funerals. Part of the reason for this is the complexity involved
in bringing people together across great distances on short notice.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.