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Glossary of Funeral Terms

Funeral & Cremation Terms

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There are 4 names in this directory beginning with the letter V.
Veteran
Someone who has served, as a member of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard); Members of Reserve Components and Reserve Officers Training Corps; Commissioned Officers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; a Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; or the Philippine Armed Forces.
Viewing
The viewing offers relatives and friends of the deceased an opportunity to view the closed casket in private before the funeral ceremony.
Vigil
A Roman Catholic religious service held on the eve of the funeral.
Visitation
The visitation offers relatives and friends of the deceased an opportunity to view the open casket in private before the funeral ceremony.