Funeral is a ceremony that is used to honor a life of the deceased. Death is an integral part of life. According to Orthodox Christian belief it is the transition from earthly temporary life to heavenly eternal life. The transition to eternal life is not unnatural. Death begins the path to eternity. It comes through the Resurrection. If you found your self unprepared you should know that there are professional Funeral Homes in Belgrade.
Unprepared for a Funeral in Serbia? Get to know this FIRST!
When a death occurs relatives of a deceased face many issues. In addition to the understandable emotional shock there are many doubts that are even greater if a death occurred suddenly. Relatives and closest friends should be informed about the death first. Then they should inform other acquaintances. In this way news spreads very quickly. There is a rule. The closest ones should come immediately to a house of the deceased. In the Serbian Country Side people bring coffee, drinks and groceries along. If you are very close with a family custom is to offer family some money. Only if they need it. Could be a loan or a grant. Priest should be informed on time.
Wear Black at a Funeral in Serbia
Black is a sign of mourning. Family should dressed Black as soon as death occur. Black is worn by the closest relatives as well. Cloths that you choose to wear does not necessarily have to be newly purchased. Its important to be black color. If you do not have anything black with you, its not an issue. Just visit some of Shopping Malls in Belgrade. You can get your laundry done in a day. Check good Laundry places in Belgrade.
How to Express Condolence on Serbian Orthodox Funeral?
“Primite moje duboko saucesce” means I am very sorry for your loss!
Custom is that close friends and colleagues visit a Family before funeral and to express their condolence. If you are not able to come to a family house you should go directly to a funeral. Before funeral service begins expresses your condolences to a family. If you are not able to attend in person make sure to send flowers or to send someone to attend from your close family. If you are not able to come and there is no one to attend from your close family then make sure to send a telegram.
Funeral procedure for an Orthodox Serbian Family
Family should be in the chapel just next to a coffin one hour before Funeral service began. Family should wear black and stands to the right (viewed from the front door of the chapel). Funeral attendants should approach each family member and express their condolences. Its common to bring flowers or wreaths along. You can purchase them at Cemetery area.
Going to a Family Home after Funeral in Belgrade Serbia
Family of a deceased will invite everyone present to come to their home after funeral. Custom in Serbia is that food is already prepared. Somewhere at the head of a table there is an empty spot left. Its an empty place where no one sits. It is intended for a deceased. Good to know: Orthodox Church does not require service of food after a funeral. This is a custom from a folk tradition. In any case getting too much drinks should be avoided.
Notice: If you need help getting your Home Clean and Ready for Guests check professional Cleaning agencies in Belgrade.
Deceased Transportation or Funeral Transportation
If you are planning to do International Deceased Transportation make sure to have all documents ready. Good Funeral Homes can do all the paperwork for you. Check on the top of our page for a Funeral Homes recommendation.