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Advice needed on a Polish funeral/customs in the UK


olfrog 1 | -
3 Apr 2014 #1
Hi there,

We've just lost our polish grandfather and wanted to know how, given that we are in the UK, we ensure that his funeral recognises Polish culture. I've scanned the site for advice, and while much of the funeral customs are similar to the UK ones (Catholic or Protestant), there are a few customs that are different.

Please could you let us know whether we have understood these wrong, and whether there is anything else we should consider? Thanks a lot !

- We need to get some Polish soil for the burial (does anyone know how we can do this in the UK?)
- Wear a black ribbon to mourn the dead, sometimes for a whole year
- For music, we should try to use Chopin's "Marche Funebre" and the hymn "witan krolowo nieba"
- For funeral notices (and graves?) we should use the phrase, S+P before his name, meaning Swietej Pamieci, and sometimes an hourglass too
- There is a memorial mass on the first anniversary of the death
Kowalski 7 | 621
3 Apr 2014 #2
We need to get some Polish soil for the burial (does anyone know how we can do this in the UK?

- You need just a handful of soil. It is thrown into grave first, by close member of a family

Wear a black ribbon to mourn the dead, sometimes for a whole year
- 6 months for grandpa, 1 year for mother/father, other relatives 3 months:

dressingmrsl.blogspot.com/2010/04/zaloba-w-polsce-zaloba-wsrod-polonii.html

For funeral notices (and graves?) we should use the phrase, S+P before his name, meaning Swietej Pamieci, and sometimes an hourglass too
- it is Ś P with a cross in between. Like in the photograph here:

Mourning in Poland , mourning among the Polish community

In the face of this tragedy, I feel more a Pole than when our athletes have won gold medals at international sporting events.

I bought a black ribbon , I wear it in the lapel in the period of national mourning . Flag lowered to half- mast . Friends call of condolence .

Strange to me , sad and terribly together.


There is a memorial mass on the first anniversary of the death
- yes. And dinner after the funeral for all ceremony participants


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