About This Site

Silver cross in the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The purpose of this web site is to make you (the consumer of services provided by funeral directors / homes) aware of the specific ethnic traditions within the Eastern Orthodox Faith. Secondarily, it is our intent to educated progressive funeral directors who are open-minded and willing to learn for the benefit of their clientele (Orthodox Families they may serve in the future) the specific customs, traditions, practices, and rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Faith.

Each religious entity has its own specific customs, traditions, and beliefs that a family may or may not be aware of as they deal with the loss of a loved one. Time and time again in his role as a funeral director in Worcester County in Massachusetts, Mr. Haddad has seen the need and taken the time to explain the ethnic customs and traditions to each family; never assuming for a moment they are aware of /and familiar with customs and traditions for their particular church and ethnic community. The last thing he would allow to happen to a family he served was to see the family of the recently departed criticized by family, friends, or associates after the fact that a particular custom or tradition was not considered in the transition process of the recently departed from this life to the next. Should this to occur, Mr. Haddad believed he would have failed the family in meeting the faith and trust they had placed in him in the difficult and painful process of saying “good-bye” to a departed loved one.

Orthodox Traditions, Customs & Practices was created to share with you in frequent updates specific customs, traditions, and beliefs that are essential to know prior to, during, and after the passing of a loved one. The information shared here will be helpful to you in understanding the many options a family has to consider and choices a family will need to make during this transition process. Please note: each and every decision a family will ultimately make will be “their” decision and not that of a funeral director. It is the role of the educated funeral director to present each and every option specific to a family’s religious and ethnic traditional background for their knowledge and consideration only. A family is and always should be in total control of the decisions made and process to be followed.