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Mormon (LDS) Funerals

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Beliefs & Teachings about Death

Mormons believe that the loss of a loved one is an occasion for mourning, but also an occasion for hope, a birth into the next life, to eternal life with God in the Celestial Kingdom (Mormons believe there are three degrees of glory in the afterlife - the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial). Sorrow and hope, not despair and depression, appropriately mark the grieving of their faithful. Grief and love are compatible - if not essential - emotions of the faithful.

Mormons believe that at death the spirit and body separate. Whether the departed was good or evil, their spirit is taken home to that God. The book of Mormon describes how the spirits of the righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow" (Alma 40:12). In contrast, the wicked, who "chose evil works rather than good," suffer fear of the wrath of God (Alma 40:13). Both those who reside in paradise and those in the spirit prison await the resurrection and the judgment of God. They believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mortals will be resurrected irrespective of personal righteousness.

The Mormon Funeral Service

The funeral service for Latter Day Saint or Mormons are solemn and grieving occasions but also project a spirit of hope based on anticipation of reunion with the deceased after this life. They are usually held in an LDS (Latter Day Saint) chapel under the direction of the bishop of the ward. Funerals open and close with sacred funeral music and prayer, sometimes involving congregational singing or a choir.

The Mormon funeral service includes a time of sharing memories and funeral eulogy as well as talks about the Atonement, the Resurrection, life after death, and related doctrines that comfort and inspire the bereaved. Some families choose to have members or friends of the family talk about the life of the deceased or sing an appropriate funeral hymn. It is customary for a church member to begin the service with a prayer on behalf of the family.

The body of a deceased member of the church who has received the temple endowment (and the ceremony is taking place at an LDS temple) should be dressed in temple clothing. Relief society sisters dress deceased women, and priesthood brethren dress the men. When it is not possible to clothe the body, temple clothing may be laid over it.

The Graveside & Burial Services

Graveside services following the funeral is a simple dedication attended only by family and intimate friends. The one who holds the Melchizedek Priesthood (given authority, responsibility, and power by the Church of LDS to act in the name of Jesus Christ), usually a member or close friend of the family, dedicates the grave asking God to protect it as a hollowed resting place until the resurrection. Burial, as opposed to cremation, is preferred because of its doctrinal symbolism.

A member of the bishopric typically presides at the burial where a simple, earnest prayer is offered to dedicate the grave. This prayer may include a dedication of the grave as a sacred resting - place until the resurrection if the person giving the prayer holds the Melchizedek Priesthood and has been asked to give such a dedication. The gravesite often becomes a sacred spot for the family of the deceased to visit and care for.


Useful Links & Resources

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"Until We Meet Again" : Mormon Beliefs about Death

A video presentation by Thomas S. Monson, Prophet of Lord Jesus Christ


Mormon Temples in the Manchester area

PRESTON TEMPLE
Temple Way
Hartwood Green
Chorley
PR6 7WQ

Telephone: 01257 226100

LDS ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE WARD
Patterdale Road
Ashton-Under-Lyne
OL7 9JA

Telephone: 0161 330 0678

LDS BOLTON WARD
Gaskell Street
Bolton
BL12QE

Telephone: 01204 394414

LDS HYDE WARD
200 Manchester Road
Hyde
Manchester

Telephone: 0161 367 8184

LDS LITTLEBOROUGH WARD
Manchester Road / Tweedale Street
Rochdale
OL11 4JG

Telephone: 01706 526292

LDS MANCHESTER SOUTH WARD
Altrincham Road
Manchester
M22 4BJ

Telephone: 0161 998 5643

LDS MIDDLETON WARD
Taylor Street / Oldham Road
Middleton

Telephone: 0161 653 4861

LDS OLDHAM WARD
Scottfield Road / Ashton Road
Oldham
OL8 1LA

Telephone: 0161 626 6349

LDS STOCKPORT WARD
Bramhall Lane
Davenport
Stockport
SK8 8SA

Telephone: 0161 483 5914

LDS STRETFORD WARD
Chester Road
Stretford
Manchester
M32 0DA

Telephone: 0161 865 4225

LDS SWINTON WARD
196-200 Partington Lane
Swinton
Manchester
M27 0WN

Telephone: 0161 707 1160

LDS WHITEFIELD WARD
Bury New Road
Whitefield
M457SX

Telephone: 0161 766 4546