Losing someone to a tragic death is very painful - all that is left are the cherished memories of the happy moments you shared together with your friends or loved one. And although Jehovah's mercy is immense - for true believers will be resurrected - it is time to bid the one you cared for farewell for now.
Whether you just accepted Jehovah God as your savior or belong to another Christian denomination, it is important to realize that Jehovah Witness funerals are slightly different from American funeral traditions. Although the differences are not as significant as the ones from an Islamic Funeral, where the body must face Mecca bathed in cotton, you must still pay attention to the details.
First of all, Jehovah Witness funerals happen a week after someone dies. Also, while the appropriate funeral attire may vary among many Christian denominations, in Jehovah Witness funerals there is a clear and defined dress code. Clothes must always be dark and somber and men are to wear a jacket and a tie. Furthermore, while guests are welcomed to bring food to the funeral, no video recording is allowed. If you wish, however, you may bring a tape recorder.
Many people want to bring food dishes to help friends and family during this time of mourning. Consider sympathy gift baskets as an option. If you are unsure of what to bring, consider a basket with somber tones and food that does not spoil quickly.
Do not keep your pain to yourself. Share your pain with others because there is always hope. Tell them that Jehovah God will certainly remember their loved one and he/she will be resurrected, for the bible states that he/she will hear Jesus' voice and come back to life, as stated in John 5:28-29. Do not forget to read the bible with them and reminisce about the good times you shared. This will ease the pain in your heart and bring joy to the living ones that are suffering.
Recognition of funeral traditions that follow your faith or differ from your own is important when attending these celebrations of life. Respect is appreciated and shown when traditions are embraced and understood.