Relatives of the deceased person are requested to contact the local priest to arrange the time and the other details of the funeral. This can also be done through the undertaker, but it is beneficial for the family to contact the priest directly for pastoral care and to finalise any eulogy requests.
Inspired by affection towards her departed children, the Orthodox Church has, since early times, adopted the custom of burying her dead (as is evidenced in the catacombs and from the graves of martyrs and the saints). Cremation, therefore, is contrary to the tradition of our Church and forbidden for Orthodox Christians. In cases where relatives cannot go against the expressed wishes of their departed loved ones, the funeral service may take place in the church, and at the end of the service the remains will be handed over to the relatives.