Q. What is an Amish funeral like? Are there special elements involved that Englischers don’t observe?
~ Cindy Geigert
A. When an Amish person dies, the body will be embalmed at a funeral home and then brought back to the family’s house for two days of visitation and viewing. The funeral is usually held on day three after the passing.
Funeral services typically consist of two sermons, and there is no singing. After, everyone will file past the coffin one last time before it is taken to the graveyard where it will be lowered into the grave by hand. The four or six pall bearers will fill the grave using shovels. When they are half way done everyone will pause while one of the ministers reads a prayer and recites the words of a hymn or two.
Once the person has been buried completely, everyone goes back to the house and has a meal together.
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