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Funeral rituals in Scientology

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Ranjeev Madhow

on 19 June 2017

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Transcript of Funeral rituals in Scientology

Scientology is a body of religious beliefs and practices developed in 1954 by American author L. Ron Hubbard . Hubbard initially developed a program of ideas called Dianetics, which was distributed through the Dianetics Foundation. The foundation soon entered bankruptcy and Hubbard lost the rights to his seminal publication Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1952. He then recharacterized the subject as a religion and renamed it Scientology
Scientology beliefs


One is a spirit, who has a mind and occupies a body. You are you in a body.
Scientologists believe Man is more than a mind and body and that it is he, himself, the spirit, who can control the mind and the body.
In Scientology, the concept of God is expressed as the Eighth Dynamic—the urge toward existence as infinity
Because the fundamentals upon which Scientology rests embrace all aspects of life, certain key principles can be broadly employed to improve any condition. Scientologists use these principles in their daily lives and their use alone can often make the difference between success and failure.

Given the Scientology tenet that the body is mortal but the spirit is immortal, and given the minister’s role in comforting those bereaved by loss, a funeral ceremony serves to end the cycle of the life passed and focus on the future. Even more significantly, a Scientology funeral ceremony helps the departed end this chapter of life and move forward to the next
The Scientology funeral service celebrates the life of the person who has departed his body. Friends and family have the opportunity to say goodbye, to acknowledge and thank the person for what he has done in this lifetime and to wish him well as he moves on to his next. The service is a reaffirmation of the knowledge that we are immortal spiritual beings.
What is Scientology
The Creed of Scientology
Funeral rituals in Scientology
The funeral service might be said over the remains of the deceased or at a memorial without the physical remains present.

The service is usually held in a Scientology chapel.

Typically include special readings from founder Ron. L. Hubbard.

Because Scientologists attach very little meaning to the physical body, there are no specific guidelines which must be followed regarding the way physical remains are treated. The remains of the deceased may be cremated or interred, according to their wishes or those of their family

The deceased is often spoken to directly during the service, thanking the departed for spending time on Earth, praising or acknowledging life attributes or achievements, bidding them farewell, and wishing them well in their future existence. Services often conclude with Hubbard’s message:

“You are a spirit
You are your own soul
You are not mortal
You can be free”
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