Church of Christ funerals normally begin several days following the death. Guests arrive and seat themselves. Condolences may be offered to the family of the deceased but there is usually no receiving line. The congregation sings hymns without the use of any musical instruments, pianos, or organs. The minister directs the funeral service as he reads from the Bible. Church of Christ funerals allow a casket or an urn to be present for the service.
Churches of Christ are uniques in that each is autonomous. There is no central organization or central offices. Members believe paradise can be entered following death, while Judgement Day may send the unfaithful to Hell. Scriptures are the center of their beliefs.