The Greek Orthodox believes the soul separates at death from it’s body. During Christ’s coming, final judgement determines a result of heaven or hell for each soul. Basic principles of Orthodoxy teach that Jesus and apostles all represent the truth.
Guests at the Greek Orthodox funeral service may use the phrase “Memory Eternal” towards the family or offer other condolences if they prefer. An open casket is traditional, while viewing is optional. Icons and crosses decorate the alter and casket. Believers kiss the icon while non-believers are not expected to. Non-believers, however, usually participate in the funeral service with the congregation. At the gravesite burial, flowers can be placed on top of the casket by families and guests.