Thinking Ahead: Your Orthodox Funeral
“Death is something that awaits all of us and yet we often wish to avoid thinking about it. As Christians, we understand earthly death as a gateway to life eternal. Preparing ourselves spiritually and making practical arrangements in advance for our funeral is very important. Here is some practical information about Orthodox rites and funeral planning.” This information on thinking ahead about your funeral and burial is from the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America.
The pic? From Ark Wood Caskets, a company in Ashland, Oregon which makes simple pine caskets certified by a rabbi as appropriate for a Jewish burial. They aren’t just for Jews, though; here’s a quote from the owner, Paul Firnstein: “A lot of my business is from different religious groups and others that want the same kind of casket,” he said. “Franciscan monasteries back East want a simple pine casket. Many American Indian families and Buddhists or Muslims also want simple caskets that go into the ground in an easy way.”
If anyone knows of a company closer to Portland, Oregon, that supplies very simple pine caskets, please let me know? I’m in the market.