Cultural Funerals: Jehovah’s Witness Funeral Services

Jehovah's Witnesses Funeral Traditions

Basic Funerals is proud to serve Jehovah’s Witnesses across Ontario. Our team of funeral professionals is experienced in all aspects of arranging a Jehovah’s Witnesses funeral service and is here to guide you through every step.

Beliefs About Death

When a person dies, he ceases to exist. Death is the opposite of life. The dead do not see or hear or think. Not even one part of us survives the death of the body. We do not possess an immortal soul or spirit.

According to the Watchtower Society, death has not always been inevitable. It is a physical consequence of having broken the divine law. One day, death will be no more and mankind will enjoy eternal life.

What Happens After Death Occurs?

Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to leave their desires in writing before their death. The family of the deceased is then expected to follow what the deceased have asked for before their death. This makes the processes that happen after death vary depending on the wishes of the deceased. Generally speaking, the body is often prepared to be present at a service in a Kingdom Hall.

Is Cremation Allowed For Jehovah’s Witnesses?

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, cremation is permissible. Whether a dead person is cremated or not, Jehovah is not limited in his ability to restore the person to life with a new body.

Views on Embalming

Embalming is considered acceptable by Jehovah’s Witnesses. It can be necessary if the deceased or their family have requested an open casket.

Learn more about embalming here.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Funeral Service

Jehovah’s Witnesses funeral services typically take place within a week of the death.The service is held in the Kingdom Hall and is led by the Congregation Elder. The service is brief (generally between 15 and 30 minutes) and the body of the deceased is usually present. Following the service, the body is transported to either the crematorium or to the cemetery for a graveside service and burial.