The funeral service follows the following liturgy:
- Service led by the pastor
A Lutheran funeral service is an occasion of worship. Have a discussion with a pastor or church musician about details such as selection of music or if you wish to include farewells with flowers in the service.
If the body is to be buried in the ground, the coffin is taken to the grave after the funeral service. Six persons are usually needed to carry the coffin. In the procession the nearest relatives come immediately after the coffin.
Even when the body is to be cremated, it is a good custom to carry the coffin at the end of the funeral service out to an undertaker's car waiting at the door. If this is not possible, the coffin can remain in the church or chapel. In the funeral chapel near the cathedral the coffin always remains inside.