What Is a Double Funeral?

By: Powers Funeral Home
Monday, December 19, 2022

People have heard of double weddings, but a double funeral? Even though this idea may seem strange, double funerals are actually not that uncommon in certain situations. Directors of funeral homes in Elgin, SC. share more about these events and when they might be the most appropriate choice.  

What is a Double Funeral?

A double funeral is as the name implies; a funeral for two people. Most often these services are held for people  who had died at the same time or very close to the same time. An example would be a married couple, or perhaps siblings that died at the same time.  

What is the Order of Service at a Double Funeral?

The order of service for a double funeral is the same as a single funeral. There will be an introduction/welcome and then it will flow along from readings and prayers to eulogies and more. The main difference is that for the most part the funeral will focus on both of the deceased as one. There may be storied told and eulogies given that reflect on both of the individuals rather than just one. If there is a eulogy or such that is focused on just one, there will be another eulogy or such that will then focus on the other.  

As far as the funeral home is concerned, they may give longer visiting hours for the visitation service or viewing. They may also give the family longer family time to ensure there is plenty of time for family to pay their respects to both of the loved ones.  

An Example of a Double Funeral

An example of a double funeral is when actress Carrie Fisher passed away and her mom, actress Debbie Reynolds passed away a day later. Their family decided to give them a double funeral because of the close bond the mother and daughter held.  

Considerations with a Double Funeral

One thing to keep in mind when planning a double funerals is the guest count. With a double funeral, there could be double the amount of guest who attend. This means you need to make sure you have a space large enough to accommodate everyone.

Another consideration is to think of how the expenses will be split and divided up among the two parties. This can be an issue if the two loved one’s were from separate families. You will also want to make sure both parties’ religious beliefs are honored. If there are two different religions, you may have to incorporate elements from both.

Final Thoughts

Having a double funeral may not always be appropriate or the best choice. However, in some cases it can be a good solution.  There night have to be some compromises made and some figuring out of the finances but a double funeral can be a wonderful way to honor two people who have passed away at the same time.  

If you would like to learn more about double funerals and how they work or any other services from funeral homes in Elgin, SC, give us a call or come in anytime. We are always here and available to help you with whatever you may need.

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