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Funerals and burial

ashes

noun

the substance that remains after a person’s body has been cremated (=burned after death)

bier

noun

a wooden structure for putting a coffin (=a container for a dead body) on

box

noun

a casket for a dead body

burial

noun

the process of putting a dead body into a grave in the ground at a funeral

bury

verb

to put someone’s dead body in the ground during a funeral ceremony

casket

noun

a coffin for a dead body

coffin

noun

a long box in which a dead person is buried

cortege

noun

a long line of people and cars taking part in a funeral

cremains

noun

ashes that are left after cremation

cremate

verb

to burn the body of a dead person

crematorium

noun

a building where the bodies of dead people are cremated

dirge

noun

a slow sad song often sung at a funeral

disinter

verb

to dig a dead body out of the ground

embalm

verb

to preserve a dead body using chemicals. A person who does this as a job is called an embalmer.

entomb

verb

to put a dead person in a tomb (=an underground room)

epitaph

noun

a short piece of writing that honors a dead person, especially one written on their grave

eulogy

noun

a speech at a funeral about the person who has died

executor

noun

someone who arranges for the instructions of a dead person’s will to be followed

exhume

verb

to remove a dead person’s body from where it is buried, especially in order to find out how they died

funeral

noun

a ceremony that takes place after someone dies, usually including a religious ceremony, and the formal process of taking the body to the place where it is buried or cremated

funeral

noun

relating to a funeral

funeral director

noun

someone whose job is to organize funerals

funeral home

noun

a place where the body of a dead person is prepared and kept before the funeral, and where relatives and friends may go to see it

funerary

adjective

relating to funerals or graves

gravedigger

noun

someone whose job is to dig graves

inter

verb

to bury a dead person

interment

noun

the act of burying a dead person

lay out

to prepare a dead body so that people can come to see it before it is buried

lie

verb

used for saying where someone is buried

morgue

noun

a building or room where dead bodies are kept temporarily

mortician

noun

someone whose job is to arrange funerals and prepare dead bodies for being buried

mortuary

noun

a place where a dead body is kept and prepared for a funeral

mortuary

noun

a morgue

mortuary

noun

a place where a dead body is kept

mourner

noun

someone who is at a funeral, especially a relative or close friend of the dead person

mourning

noun

the process or ceremony of expressing great sadness because someone has died

mummify

verb

to preserve a dead body by treating it with special oils and wrapping it in long narrow pieces of cloth to prevent it from decaying

obsequies

noun

a funeral ceremony

pall

noun

a coffin

pall

noun

a thick cloth used for covering a coffin

pallbearer

noun

someone who helps to carry a coffin at a funeral

pyre

noun

a high pile of wood for burning a dead body in a funeral ceremony

repose

verb

to be buried in a particular place

rest

verb

a word meaning to be buried somewhere, used when you think it will upset someone if you say this word

sarcophagus

noun

a stone box, used in some ancient cultures for putting a dead body in

shroud

noun

a piece of cloth that is wrapped around a dead body before it is buried

shroud

verb

to wrap a dead body in a piece of cloth

slab

noun

a large flat surface that a dead person is laid on in a mortuary

undertaker

noun

a funeral director

undertaking

noun

the business of an undertaker

urn

noun

a container for the ashes of a dead person after the body has been burned

wake

noun

a meeting of friends and relations before or after a funeral to remember the person who has died

winding sheet

noun

a piece of cloth that a dead person is wrapped in before they are buried

wreath

noun

a circle of flowers or leaves that you put on a grave to show that you are remembering the dead person

cremation

noun

exhumation

noun

mummification

noun

a letter/message/book of condolence

a letter that you write or a book that you write in to show that you are sorry that someone has died

burial at sea

a funeral ceremony that takes place on a ship, in which the dead person’s body is dropped into the sea

in state

if an important person who has died lies in state or is buried in state, they receive a formal public funeral

lay someone to rest

to bury someone’s body in a ceremony after they have died

lie in state

if the dead body of an important person lies in state, it is put in a public place for people to go and look at

pay your (last) respects (to someone)

to go to someone’s funeral

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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