COFFINS in the Kingdumb hall.....

by kid-A 19 Replies latest jw friends

  • kid-A

    I recall going to several JW funerals as a small kid where the coffin had been brought into the hall, a service that must have been provided by

    the funeral parlour. However, since the early 80s, I have never again attended a JW funeral with a casket present in the hall. Has anyone?

    Did the WTS change some formal policy about this? Is there now an "anti-coffin" policy in effect for JW funerals?

    Certainly vitually all other religious funerals I have attended had the casket brought to the church, and

    either opened or closed during the eulogy.

  • truthsetsonefree

    Interesting, I have had the same experience. Now I don't see any Memorial services at the Hall unless the person draws a crowd. Like 200 or more.

  • jason bourne
    jason bourne

    Yes.... they still do that in the UK....i went to one last year like that

  • jason bourne
    jason bourne

    The casket was in the hall at the front but unopened

  • Finally-Free

    I've been to a lot of JW funerals, and the body of the deceased was only at 2 of them. Neither of these 2 had "memorials" in the kingdom hall - only in the funeral home. One of the funerals was not of a JW, but the husband of a "study". My PO gave the talk. The other was the funeral of an elderly woman who was a JW who lived in a seniors home. You could count the JWs in attendance on 2 hands. I went in support of the family, though I didn't know the woman. At the last minute I was asked to be a pallbearer because there weren't enough people who knew her there. So there was a total of 2 JW pallbearers - the rest were funeral home employees.

    But I've never seen or heard of a coffin in a kingdom hall.


  • jason bourne
    jason bourne

    And having been brought up in the WT seeing the casket go by me in the hall made me feel uneasy and a little nervous....even though i had seen his lifeless body in the hospital bed........very sad!

  • BluesBrother

    All the J W funerals that I attended (including one that I conducted ) were held at the non denominational chapel at the local crematorium . I heard of one held at the graveside as it was a burial .

    More recently my wife attended a Kingdom Hall memorial service. I am told that the coffin was there at the hall, closed.

    (I wonder if they counted him into the attendance figure?)

  • KW13

    it never happened at our hall, i'd be a bit freaked out lol

  • Bumble Bee
    Bumble Bee

    I've only been to one funeral where the coffin was at the KH. This was about 12 years ago.

    Any other funeral - if there was a visitation, the coffin was at the funeral home, memorial service at the KH.

    It was a bit of a shock to see the casket there, and stand quietly while it was being wheeled out, then the graveside burial. I'd never experienced something like that before.


  • agapa37

    I have been to several funerals in the last several yrs of brothers and sisters where the caskets were brought into the Kingdom Hall

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