11 responses to What is an Amish funeral like?
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    Deb Posthuma
    Comment on What is an Amish funeral like? (February 26th, 2011 at 20:52)

    I wasn’t aware of so many different details of the Amish Funerals. Very informative and interesting.

    Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Also, my deepest sad feelings go out to the Amish family and to the Yoders in losing their niece in the buggy accident in Kentucky. So inocently taken and so fast.

    Deb Posthuma
    Coopersville, Mi

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    Linda Allison
    Comment on This was very informative (January 10th, 2012 at 07:09)

    This was very informative

    Could you recommend additional non-fiction resources about the Amish beliefs. I am doing a paper on the Amish and the Mennonites and the beliefs and customs.

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on Thanks.. (July 22nd, 2013 at 19:41)


    Another car/buggy accident took a 17 year old Amish boys life 7-21-13 in Pawnee City Nebraska. His sister, who was also in the accident, is in bad shape and the next 24-48 hrs will tell what happens with her.

    I plan to go to one of the wakes they have planned for the boy and wondered what to expect. I heard of some Old Order Mennonites that did not embalm but rather kept the body on ice, and had wondered if that might be the case here as well.

    Tom LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    Comment on Are you ready? (June 30th, 2014 at 08:31)

    Are you ready?

    Are you ready to meet your maker? How often to you ask your soul that question?

    I had a mortality reality check last week. The youngest son of my Amish church district’s Bishop went for a swim with 14 of his life long friends last Thursday evening. That 21 year old, engaged to be married, young man did not make it out of that pond alive. He started struggling, called for help and nearly took his rescuers life with him in his panic to live. Only the one man drowned, because a third saved the second. The theme of conversation at the viewing was ‘Are you ready to meet your maker, today?’. Certainly that young man did not plan what happened, but it did happen, and he is buried now. Life is fleeting and fragile. We live each day by God’s Grace. For anyone, God can choose this to be your day.

    So, are you ready?

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      Comment on Fleeting and fragile (June 30th, 2014 at 15:55)

      Fleeting and fragile

      Thanks for this comment Lance. Lot to think about in there. Well, really just one, important, thing.

      I’m sorry for the family and loved ones.

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    Comment on Amish Men & Mourning (April 30th, 2017 at 18:34)

    Amish Men & Mourning

    Hello Erik,

    I’ve just recently discovered your web site and find it a most informative source. I’m enjoying your work here a great deal!

    Regarding Amish funerals and funerary practices the article states that “after a death, Amish women typically wear black clothing as a visual indicator to the community that they have lost someone close to them. The length of time an Amish woman will wear a black garment will vary based on the closeness of the relationship.”

    I was wondering if Amish children and men also adopt some sort of visual indicator as women do (ex: black arm bands, special hats etc…). If so, what are they and how long are they normally worn. If not, why do Amish women wear indicators of mourning but not Amish men (and/or children)?

    Thanks, again, Erik, for your fascinating and very informative site.

    Greg B
    Harrisburg, PA

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      Comment on What is an Amish funeral like? (May 2nd, 2017 at 08:46)

      Greg, good question and thanks for the comments. I’m not aware of any clothing changes that men etc. undertake when in mourning (arm bands, hats etc) though with the diversity across Amish communities I am always ready to be surprised.

      And why would only women wear dark clothing? There may be a deeper sociological or anthropological explanation that I am not able to offer. I haven’t investigated but in general, I wonder do we more often see women wearing mourning clothing than men in other cultures as well?

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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on What is an Amish funeral like? (May 2nd, 2017 at 11:16)

    I’ve never heard of any special symbols of mourning for men, but like Erik said, it seems there are other cultures where the women are more apt to”dress in mourning.” In our community, men wear white shirts with dark suits and white shirts to funerals, but we do to church & weddings also. For viewings we often wear a dark suit with a light blue shirt or white shirt.

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    Rob Hall
    Comment on What is an Amish funeral like? (August 10th, 2018 at 18:34)

    Do the husband & wife’s buried together or family members . I heard they just bury as they did all side by side ( no order ) just as people die regardless . Is that true . Also can they get devorced heard the women cannot devorced the men An don’t know if man can ether . What size is the topical family & dutys ? They sure can cook . I’ve also heard they shun them if do something wrong how’s that work ? What age they can marry. Thanks Rc

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on What is an Amish funeral like? (August 12th, 2018 at 05:01)

    My Amish ancestor’s are all buried side by side except a great grandmother who remarried after her husband died. She is buried beside her second husband.
    Marcus Yoder

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