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The entire course of life appears in a new light when death approaches our loved ones.  According to our Christian faith, God's love conquers even death.  As Christians, we see our loved ones off to rest in the hope of resurrection and new life.

The funeral service may take place in a church or chapel or outdoors at the open grave. In Finland it can take time to make arrangements. The funeral service is usually held two or three weeks after death.

► More detailed information can be found in our Guide to Funeral Preparations, published by the Vantaa parishes in 2016.

Funeral checklist

► Contact your local parish for more information.

There are also private undertakers who assist in funeral arrangements for a fee.  In Finland, however, undertakers do not act as directors in the funeral service because that the duty of church custodians and pastors.

Support for the grieving

Pastors and diaconal workers of Vantaa parishes lead groups where people who have lost loved ones can meet each other and share their experiences. Parishes also provide personal counselling: you can have a private conversation with a church worker if you feel like it.

A casket bearer at a funeral.
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