Cultural Funerals: Baptist Funeral Services

Baptist Funeral Traditions

Basic Funerals is proud to serve members of the the Baptist Church. Our team of funeral professionals is experienced in all aspects of arranging a Baptist funeral service and is here to guide you through every step.

Beliefs About Death

It is believed within the Baptist faith that complete faith in Christ would lead to salvation and eternal life with him in Heaven after death occurs. Baptist funeral services are split into two types: a joyful funeral celebrating life, and a more serious event that highlights the power of God over his people. Both types of funeral services are focused on the soul of deceased and celebrate their reunification with God.

What Happens After Death Occurs?

Priests of a Baptist church should be contacted as soon as possible after the death of a Baptist has occurred. Baptist priests help guide the family to appropriate funeral homes and usually get involved in planning the funeral service with the funeral director and the family members of the deceased.

Is Cremation Allowed in the Baptist Faith?

Cremation is accepted by Baptist churches and can take place before or after a funeral service, which means that the body does not have to be present during the funeral service.

Views on Embalming

Embalming is acceptable by the Baptist church. It is required to protect the body before a viewing occurs in order to preserve the deceased. Embalming will very likely be required for most Baptist funeral services due to viewings being a part of the traditional funeral service.

Click here if you like to learn more about Embalming.

The Baptist Funeral Service

With a Baptist priest’s help, a traditional Baptist funeral service is held within three to five days of the death. Baptists often prefer to avoid burials on Sundays and religious holidays, however a Baptist burial can happen during any day of the week. Due to Baptists’ congregational nature, there is a vast amount of different traditions between each church. Baptist funerals can be conducted in the church, funeral home or a chapel depending on the congregation. The funeral service usually invites people of different faiths and expects them to participate, however if Communion was to be offered, non-Baptists are expected to not participate. The service itself can be a joyous celebration of the life of the deceased, focused around their life and allowing personal eulogies to be delivered. On the other hand, it can be a serious service in which the power of God over the people is highlighted.

Baptist Churches in Ontario

Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto

One of the oldest churches in the city of Toronto, constructed in 1875 by a congregation found in 1818. Jarvis Street Baptist Church offers a multitude of services to the communities surrounding it such as visitations, community worship and prayer meetings.

First Baptist Church in Ottawa

First Baptist Church is one of the most prominent churches in Ottawa. It was constructed in 1877 and 1878 by the First Baptist congregation of Ottawa. It is known that Alexander Mackenzie has regularly went to worships at this church since he was a Baptist.