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Homegoing Service Celebration

The term "Home Going","Homegoing Service" Homegoing Celebration, or Homegoing Ceremony is a Christian funeral or memorial  in which friends and family celebrate the deceased "going home" to heaven or glory, to be with the Lord.  This term is frequently used by the African American religious and church community.  The homegoing service is based on death being a time of rejoicing because the person is going on to heaven. It is usually held in a church or place of worship, and is often very similar to a traditional church funeral service.  The homegoing service usually contains a combination following elements:

  • Musical prelude

  • Processional

  • Prayers

  • Songs (Hymns of Comfort)

  • Funeral Readings (Scripture, Poem, Prayer, Old Testament, and New Testament) Acknowledgements

  • Reading of Cards & Condolences

  • Reading of Funeral Resolutions

  • Obituary Reading

  • Eulogy or Tribute

  • Final Viewing

  • Benediction

  • Recessional, and Interment or Committal

The Homegoing Ceremony also has the traditional funeral elements, such as pall bearers and  flower bearers.

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These services usually have choirs and lots of singing (often sings the deceased's favorite hymns and songs), and often a sermon is preached, in addition to a eulogy or tribute. Funeral programs or other keepsakes are distributed and contain a full tribute to the deceased person's life.  These funeral or homegoing programs contain the order of service that outlines the services of the day, as well as provides an obituary and often has photo collages and a pictograph of the person's life.

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