A Homegoing Celebration is a Christian or faith-based African-American traditional funeral service. Rather than solely mourning a person's departure from this life, Homegoing Celebrations view death in a more positive light. The focus is on the loved one going home to heaven and being with God forever. This type of service is an upbeat and joyous celebration that includes singing and praising the Lord. Attendees take part in this joyous celebration, knowing that their loved one has returned to the comfort of Heaven.
More often, Homegoing Services follow a traditional burial, and the order of service components are similar to other faith-based services. Homegoing Services always include funeral program as a distributed keepsake. A Homegoing Service program can contain service information, obituary or biography, poems, scriptures, family tributes, and life photos. These programs can range from a basic four-sided bi-fold program to a multi-page booklet. Additionally, a funeral program, prayer cards, bookmarks, and other keepsakes may also be distributed.
A reception or repast typically occurs after the service, which can be held at a private home, church, community center, or funeral home. This is where friends and family members gather to fellowship and continue sharing stories and memories. A funeral program can also be passed out. The overall mood of the Homegoing Service is not somber due to the loss, but rather focuses on celebrating the life and entrance into heaven. This alone provides great comfort to the surviving family.
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