During a family reunion ceremony with Jehovah's Witnesses present is it ok to light a candle in remembrance of deceased family members?
If you wish to do so and it is not taking place in a Kingdom Hall (official meeting place of Jehovah's Witnesses) then I would think it would be ok.
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If you really mean to tear this family apart have the executor of the estate contact the police dept. and file larceny charges. Theft is theft and stealing from the dead is the worst theft of all... Have the executor of the estate call police and report the vehicle as stolen have said family member …arrested for grand theft auto (a felony charge).. Let said family member go through the process of being arrested,jailed,posting bail,and being arrained by the court...Then on the day of said family members criminal trial have the executor ask the court to drop the charges....thus teaching the evil doer a very good lesson... However if said family member is not very well liked then allow the charges to remain and let them be convicted of grand theft.... (MORE)
Our baptisms are conducted at our larger gatherings known as assemblies and conventions. The baptism is not done in a ritualistic way as one would imagine a typical ceremony, but it is a ceremony nonetheless. Before one is baptised, they would have already taken in knowledge of Jehovah and his son,… Jesus Christ. They would have also made whatever changes are necessary in their lives to bring their lives in harmony with God's laws as outlined in the Bible. They would have also made a personal dedication in their heart to do Jehovah God's will and expressed that desire to him personally in prayer. By the time the actual baptism takes place, they will be firmly rooted in their faith and dedication to Jehovah, so the baptism is actually a public declaration of the dedication that was already made by the person in their own heart. The baptism itself is very simple. It is by complete water immersion as Jesus demonstarted in the Jordan River in the year 29. The actual baptism act itself only lasts a few seconds. (MORE)
Family reunions are about reconnecting relatives where sharing past and present experiences are the highlights other than just fellowships. Getting to know the past and present relatives they never met. A closer tie or stronger bonding as the end result
Virtualy impossible unless it was on their medical records.. You cannot find it out by using other family members blood groups either, we all get our blood group from our parents and even our grandparents.
The grandmother's estate must be probated so that title to the real estate can pass to the heirs. Then the legal owners can have any trespassers removed from the premises.
When many members of a family meet up after not seeing each other for a while
Most people who have lost a family member are still grieving when they go back to work, but they prefer to just keep busy and although they appreciate the kindness of coworkers telling them how sorry they are to hear of their loss it's best to drop a sympathy card off at their desk when the coworker… is away from their desk. It lets them know you care, but also you are being respectful of that person's privacy in their time of grief. (MORE)
The laws vary from place to place. Burial is usually restricted by various health regulations. Zoning is also a factor in some areas. You will have to check with your local government entity to find out what applies.
You apply to the probate court. There is normally a package of documents that have to be filled out and submitted to the court. Consult a probate attorney for specifics.
Can Jehovah's witnesses attend another church if it is the dying request of a family member who is not a Jehovah's witness?
Yes, even though they might not participate in the direct worship of such meeting, therefore they might be present and attentive but won't worship if that is the case for that church.. Christian Answer . Sadly the above answer is probably true in that JWs will probably would attend but 'refuse to …worship'. As a Christian who has had many dealings with JWs on Wiki who insist that they are Christian, this refusal suggests that they certainly are not of the same religion as Christians let alone a different denomination. For me, Christian worship is Christian worship is Christian worship. If I attended, as an Anglican, a Catholic or Methodist or Quaker service, I would still be obliged to worship the same God as I always have done,whether or not the style of worship is what i am used to. However, to refuse to worship (as the previous answer has stated) in not only a slight on the Christians who invited the JW to worship with them, but a snub at God Himself.. Another Answer . Each religion has its different ways of worshiping God. JW have their way and they belive it to be the truth so they respectfully won't participate in another religion's worship. (MORE)
In order to "claim" any property of a person who is deceased you would need to have legal standing under the laws of intestacy of the state where the decedent lived. You can check your status at the related question below.. Additional Answer . Check at the county courthouse probate court to see …if anyone probated the estate of the decedent. If there is a file, get the name and address of the estate executor and inform the executor about this matter. If there is no file, then if you are a closely related family member you can open up probate and then receive a document called letters testamentary which you will present to the unclaimed property office to claim the funds. See my bio if you need further assistance. (MORE)
That would depend on a number of factors that are not mentioned by the asker of this question. Was the person ever baptised as a witness? How is it that they are no longer a witness, by disfellowshippping, disassociation, or did they just become inactive? Did they join another religious organization…? Are they propogating anti-witness rhetoric? Which family member is it: a spouse? a minor child? a grown adult child? a distant relative? This question cannot be answered without specifics. Different circumstances require different answers. (MORE)
Assuming there is no direct indication of the existence of stock certificates available, such as dividend check stubs, brokerage account statements, proxy statements, prospectuses, and other types of corporate correspondence in the house, there are several ways to find out.. If there is a safe depo…sit box, securities may be kept in there.. If you have access to the person's personal papers and records, there are a number of places to check.. Probably the best first source is the person's Federal and State Income Tax forms that were filed for at least the last two years. IRS Form 1040 requires listing of all sources of income. This will include dividends from stock, interest from brokerage accounts and capital gains and losses. Names of companies whose securities produced such income will be reported in Schedule B. In addition, it is most likely that the reporting documents, the 1099s for interest and dividends, etc. from the company itself will be in with those tax records.. Speak to the person's attorney and accountant and inquire about possible holdings they may know of.. If you have access to a predeceased spouse's returns also, you should check those as well.. If you have access to the person's checkbook registers, go through them to see if there are deposits with a description of theirs sources. Most people describe the deposit as a dividend from one company or another.. Go through all left over mail, to see if there is any type of written communication between a company and the deceased. Even old empty envelopes will at least give a clue that there might be something.. Even after death, companies will continue to send mail to the deceased if, for example, a dividend is issued. So, even after death, evidence of stock holdings may come in.. Talk to other family members who may have some idea of the person's investments. (MORE)
Every witness must decide for themselves what they will do. They need to prayerfully concider the circumstances, and also what custms that may be carried out at the funeral. Some funeral customs of certain religions may be concidered occult-like by many people. If it hurts their conscience too much …to go, then they have to follow their conscience. Everybody handles this situation in the way that they feel most comfortable with. A friend of ours recently lost a family member, yet she was uncomfortable with entering the church where the funeral was being conducted. She had previuously been a member of that church, and she had insight as to what was going to occur. She elected to be involved in the funeral procession to the church and to the graveside, but she sat outside in the limo, while the ceremony was going on inside the church. That was her choice, and to help console and support her, several members of our congregation came and sat with her outside the church. Death is a terrible trauma for all of us, and JW's look forward to the time when death will be no more according to the Bible. The Governing Body have seen fit to address this topic. Watchtower 2002 15th May Questions from Readers Would it be advisable for a true Christian to attend a funeral or a wedding in a church? 'Our taking part in any form of false religion is displeasing to Jehovah and must be avoided. A church funeral is a religious service.... How unwise to expose oneself to such pressure!' Each individual Jehovah's Witness when deciding for themselves would 'respond to the directions of the slave as we would to the voice of God' (W57 15th June p370). Note how the Society ask could a TRUE Christian attend. Further Clarification The same article as mentioned above concludes with the following paragraph: "If the occasion involves a close fleshly relative, there may be additional family pressures. In any case, a Christian must carefully weigh all the factors involved. Under certain circumstances he or she may conclude that no difficulties would arise from attending a church funeral or wedding as an observer (bold italics mine). However, the circumstances may be such that by attending, the likely injury to one's own conscience or to that of others would outweigh the possible benefits of being present. Whatever the situation, the Christian should make sure that the decision will not interfere with his preserving a good conscience before God and men ." The article also in an earlier paragraph stated that there may be a situation involving a Jehovah's Witness wiife of a non-JW husband who may feel an obligation to attend a non-witness funeral under certain circumstances. Let me make this clear, due to my personal convictions, I would not attend a funeral where I would be exposed to religious activity that I would find objectionable, which means that I have made a choice NOT to attend any funeral that is not a Jehovah's Witness based funeral. Neither would my wife due to her own decision that she has made. Our decisions are based on our consciences as shaped by our Bible training, our personal convictions, and our relationship with Jehovah God. But that is OUR decision, no one else's. My wife and I have NOT concluded that others should make that same decision simply because that is the choice that we have made. It would be wrong for me or any other of Jehovah's Witnesses to view another fellow witness in a negative light because they make a different decision. Only that person knows their personal circumstances, and only they can to Jehovah for their own actions. The position of the Faithful and Discreet Slave as outlined in the article stated above is that, while they are certainly NOT recommending attending such an event, there may be circumstances where the individual witness may choose to attend. The bottom line is, each witness must decide for themselves what they will do in that situation, what their own conscience will guide them to do. No one else but the person themselves can make that decision. In the article above, whiich is the most current understanding at this time, the Faithful Slave is NOT making the decisiin for us, but they are giving us the needed information to help each one of us choose for ourselves what to do. (MORE)
I believe his sister is and maybe his mother.. Michael was raised as one but I think he left the congregation.
No. Micheal Jackson was no longer on of Jehovah's Witnesses. i dont think so.. Very doubtful as MJ wasn't a baptised JW, and he wasn't active in the faith. No, private funeral services were no doubt held for Michael Jackson because his family and friends wanted an ceremony that was not public. J…ehovah's Witnesses themselves would not have performed a memorial service for Mr Jackson, firstly because Jehovah's Witness funeral services are only held for members of the Jehovah's Witnesse religion and Michael Jackson was not one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Also Jehovah's Witnesses do not count unbabtised associates as Witnesses; Michael Jackson was never officially one of Jehovah's Witnesses. There are currenly only two members of the Jackson family (his mother Katherine and his sister Rebbie) that are actually Jehovah's Witnesses and they would be fully aware of the above two facts. (MORE)
Just to say a proper good bye and keep them with you until the very last minute.
Not all Witnesses are strict, some are not caring which leads to not follopwing Jehovah's word in the Bible and people are always different in families. My family can be a little strict but its because they want you stop what you're doing do what is right and if you do that then you have a happy fam…ily. (MORE)
well i have been partly raised a witness because i used to live with my mom who is not a witness but now i live with my dad who is a witness. and i am now 14. and let me tell you, I've never been happier! i have made SO MANY friends in every congregation Ive visited. and even ones i haven't but i kn…ow that its just a brother hood of friend's and I've gotten to go to so many awesome places. and i know that there is still many more places to go. and no matter where i choose to go, i will always have a warm clean place to stay in. so i love it more than anything! (MORE)
Generally, the estate is responsible for paying the debts of the decedent when the debts are in the sole name of the decedent. If there are no assets then the creditors are out of luck.
There is no such thing as "family belief as a Jehovah witness." Each individual person, young or old, single or married, either inside or outside one's immediate family, must make their own decisions regarding his or her personal relationship with Jehovah God. And certainly, it is not uncommon to… have families who are not in religious harmony. So, is this a question or a statement? (MORE)
Yes, Jehovah's Witnesses associate with family members regardless fo their religion. They may chose their fellow witnesses as close associates and intimate friends but generally maintain normal and wholesome relations with the members fo their families. . no
Jehovah's Witnesses do not keep family records. Tracing their family is not a requirement of their faith like it is for Mormons. Jehovah's Witnesses share in a Bible educational work. You can learn more at watchtower.org .
Nothing. It is a total fallacy that Jehovah's Witnesses don't associate with non-witness family members. There is absolutely no prohibition on associating with individuals that do not share their faith although Jehovah's Witnesses may chose to not personally engage in certain activities such as heav…y drinking, smoking or sexually provocative behavior. (MORE)
It is a get together with your family. Usually all of your family,even distant relatives.
Watchtower 15th May 1991 p5.....At 1 Corinthians 11:3, the Bible says: "The head of every man is the Christ; in turn the head of a woman is the man; in turn the head of the Christ is God." I f you are a husband, you have the God-given responsibility to be the principal decision-maker in your family …. But this does not give any husband license to be oppressive or dictatorial. Watchtower 1st Dec 1960 p717......According to the Bible, a wife is her husband's property, particularly in the case where a bride price is paid for her. That is why a married woman is Scripturally called "beulah," this word really meaning "owned" as a wife. The masculine form of this word is "baal," which even today in modern Israel is the Hebrew word for "husband." The title really means "owner, master, lord." (MORE)
it probably means u miss that person or the person misses u or they h8 u and want to come back for u or they have something very important to tell u hoped it help...:]
Address your thanks to surviving spouse, eldest child , or neaest relative if no spouse or children. Be very sensitive with the wording, please.
Before you go asking questions, you should proofread them first. This question makes no sense.
Usually it means that something in your waking life has triggered a memory, although you may not have been aware of it consciously. Your subconscious mind brings that memory to awareness in the form of a dream.
Yes, once it is probated through the court it becomes a public record and anyone can obtain a copy from the court.
For a minor it would be his or her parents (or legal guardian). For an adult they make their own decisions.
Not that I am aware of. Jehovah's Witnesses do not engage in ritualistic practices involved with visiting the dead corpse in some countries such as in Africa, where their might be spiritistic practices associated with visiting the dead corpse. See Revelation 21:8. Other than that, Jehovah's Witnesse…s, have no barriers with funerals. When the funeral might be in a church, it is up the individual conscience of each Witness whether or not he will attend the funeral there. (MORE)
Nothing! You can just be there with them to comfort them during their grief. It will be very much appreciated. :)
Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe it a sin to decorate graves of family who are not Jehovah's Witnesses?
It would depend on the motive. The Watchtower 15th Sept 1970 page 575 says, in answer to the question, In view of the fact that pagans made floral offerings to the dead, is it proper for Christians to send flowers to a funeral or to lay flowers on a grave? Answers, ' 'If a person think…s he is honoring the dead when he sends flowers, then he is doing what the pagans did. Such a motive would be wrong from the Christian viewpoint. But if he sends flowers to comfort the survivors, to make the sad occasion a bit more pleasant, then it is certainly not objectionable.'' (MORE)
If you suspect a deceased family member had any life insurance, but you cannot find a policy, there are several things you can do to find policies. If the deceased had a policy through work you can contact the Human Resoures department. They will know what benefits the deceased had. You can also che…ck with any credit cards companies the deceased used. There may have been death insurance through the credit card. For individual policies you can use one of the paid search companies to find the policy for you. Do a search using "find lost life insurance policy" or "missing life insurance policies" and you will find some reputable search companies. You should be aware that insurance companies do not turn policies over to State Unclaimed Property accounts unless they know the person has died and they cannot find the beneficiary. So searching unclaimed asset sites is a waste of time. The beneficiary has to find the policy if they hope to collect any benefits. That's why it's usually easiest to use a paid service. (MORE)
Most currently active cemeteries have the ability to locate a particular burial by name of the deceased. If you know the cemetery where your family member is burred, or know the area, you can ask at the management office of the cemetery or cemeteries. If you don't know the cemetery but know where t…hey were living, you can look for the Death Certificate at the Board of Health or Town Clerk's office. If you don't know that, you might be able to find your deceased relative through on-line cemetery or death indexes. More information about roughly where and roughly when your relative lived is needed before more specific guidance can be offered. (MORE)
Something triggered in your mind that made you think they went there . The most probably explanation is that this dream expresses the dreamer's fear. If the dreamer ascribes to certain religious beliefs about a vengeful God and eternal punishment, those beliefs support powerful unconscious imagin…ings that can surface in dreams. However, these dreams reveal the dreamer's fears and beliefs . They do not reveal any factual information about the deceased family member or about the reality of or conditions in the afterlife. (MORE)
Not sure what your question means. Each family decides their own family plan, regarding how many children to have, when to have them, or whether to have any children at all. Likewise regarding birth control it's a matter of personal choice. (We consider abortion wrong; we also consider birth con…trol which destroys a conception as wrong.) Regarding spiritual matters, we work very hard to have a 'family worship night'. We also attend meetings twice a week. And we participate in the house-to-house ministry as a family each week. The children receive progressive training in the ministry by their parents. We do NOT baptize infants. When our children reach a certain point in their development (usually in their mid-teens) they may make a personal dedication of themselves to Jehovah God; after which they present themselves for baptism.. (MORE)
Why other members of the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses cannot be present on a disfellowship of a member?
this is one of Jehovah's witnesses non scriptural practices and tactics. that way they can manipulate their members, they can press them, humiliate them, faulty accuse them. the bible shows that the average Jehovah's witness has also rights. in the old testament he could go to the elders located i…n the gate of the town to find justice from the wrongdoer. that was in public. again we read in the new testament that all discipline were publicly given. they do not fear the grate God Jehovah. but in his appointment time He is the one Who will punish them hard according to their deeds. - Matthew 24:48-51 (MORE)
One Answer: The question as it is, seems like a strange idea to us. But I understand; that's what they do to an arrested criminal. They put him in a cage (in prison). And no family member can associate with him. We're not like that . Picture this: Family member -- dinner is ready -- everyo…ne eats together. Why wouldn't we have dinner with our son, disfellowshipped or not? Do we send him to his room for dinner every day? Of course not. If we're all watching TV, does he have to leave? That's silliness. When we're all in the same household, we carry on as normal people. The person is disfellowshipped from the congregation; not from regular house interactions. (Some people have a hard time comprehending the different situations; and get confused as to what really happens. They take quotes out of context; or don't even understand the verbiage at all. The above answer, to a question regarding: 'family members', -- remains truthful.) . The Answer from the Official Watchtower: The Watchtower 15th April of 2012 page 12 says, What if we have a relative or a close friend who is disfellowshipped ? Now our loyalty is on the line, not to that person, but to God. Jehovah is watching us to see whether we will abide by his command not to have contact with anyone who is disfellowshipped . Consider just one example of the good that can come when a family loyally upholds Jehovah's decree not to associate with disfellowshipped relatives . A young man had been disfellowshipped for over ten years, during which time his father, mother, and four brothers "quit mixing in company" with him . At times, he tried to involve himself in their activities, but to their credit, each member of the family was steadfast in not having any contact with him . After he was reinstated, he said that he always missed the association with his family, especially at night when he was alone. But, he admitted, had the family associated with him even a little, that small dose would have satisfied him. However, because he did not receive even the slightest communication from any of his family , the burning desire to be with them became one motivating factor in his restoring his relationship with Jehovah. Think of that if you are ever tempted to violate God's command not to associate with your disfellowshipped relatives. (Some people have a hard time comprehending the direction given by the Watchtower Society's Governing Body and get confused as to what they plainly say in print. They take no note of the official quotes; or don't even understand the verbiage at all. The above answer, to a question regarding: 'family members', -- remains truthful.) (MORE)
What is the appropriate condolence from a non Jehovah's Witness to a Jehovah's Witness after they lose a family member?
Very similar to most other peoples. Witnesses would feel the death of a loved one very much the same as anyone else. There would be a few points to bear in mind. Witnesses believe that the deceased will be either resurrected back onto earth after the battle of Armageddon to have a chance at ete…rnal life on an earth transformed back into a paradise or if they are of the anointed remnant, be transformed instantly into a spirit creature to rule in heaven at Jesus' side over the incoming paradise earth. (MORE)
This is a difficult question to answer because there are too many variables in the equation. This would be based on the divorce decree and if there are children involved. The Congregation would not be involved in financial matters incurred during a divorce.
Why are people that are Jehovah's Witnesses not allowed to talk to their family that aren't Jehovah's Witnesses?
A non-Jehovah's Witness answer: Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to spread their beliefs, so they are encouraged to talk about such things with their non-JW family, except if they are "apostates" (ex-Jehovah's Witnesses), if they are anti-Jehovah's Witness, or if they speak out against the JW te…achings. This is because the JW "Truth" cannot stand up against scrutiny. And so Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that anything that does not glorify the Jehovah's Witnesses is demonic, and should be fled from. You'll notice this when they come to your door, if you are well informed about their religion, their history, and/or the Bible, and you demonstrate this they will immediately be trying to find an excuse to leave. Refusing to engage someone in conversation about such things is the JW safe guard against doubts taking root about what they believe. Jehovah's Witnesses are even highly discouraged from greeting those that that could be damaging to their faith, as it could open up the potential for such conversations to take place. A Jehovah's Witness answer: Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to speak about the good news of God's Kingdom as found in the Bible to their non-Witness family members. In accordance with the Bible's instructions at 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 and 2 John 10, 11, Jehovah's Witnesses do not socialize or discuss their beliefs with former members who refuse to live by Bible standards or who actively spread untruth about their organization or actively try to persuade other members to abandon the organization (apostates). Not all ex-Jehovah's Witnesses fall into this category, as some may have become inactive without having committed a serious sin. Biblical truth can and does regularly hold up to scrutiny, as we encounter all sorts of contrary viewpoints in our door-to-door ministry. We are more than happy to engage such people in conversation if they desire answers to our questions. However, we do not come to people's doors to win fights or arguments, so if a person is more interested in arguing or ridiculing us than in actually listening to the answer to their question, we are encouraged to politely put an end to the conversation. (MORE)
No. Jehovah's Witnesses are very family oriented and do not try to break up family relations. They will refrain from participating in any religious observances their family may celebrate. Because they do not celebrate many of the holidays that come around during the year, they are sometimes viewe…d as turning away from the family. But mostly they are declining to participate. Jehovah's Witnesses do not smoke or do drugs. If other family members smoke or drink excessively or do drugs, they will not "hang out" with them or allow them to do this in their (the JW) home. In my case, when visiting me at my home, my relatives are very respectful and go out on my porch when they feel the need to smoke. (MORE)
You can if you wish to. Sending flowers is a very kind gesture to another person.
To accomplish this you must have a copy of the will or trust. Whoever is an heir may file a claim with the company holding the stock with the proof of the will or trust. One must note that it is the job of the Executor and or Trustee to do this. If you are not an heir then you have no entitlement to… said stock. (MORE)
No, a body does not have to be present if the family of the deceased has a memorial. The memorial is simply a celebration of the deceased life. When someone gives a memorial for a person who has passed away, their body does not need to be there.
The tax refund will have to be deposited into the Estate of thetaxpayers account and used to pay debts of the estate. It will thenbe disbursed according to the taxpayers will or the laws of theState if no will exists. The Administrator or Executor of theEstate will need to sign the check and deposit… it in the properaccount. (MORE)
I do not know about the family member but it is not illegal tocremate yourself nor is suicide illegal, however the attempting todo either of these is illegal.