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Do Jehovah's witnesses have funerals?

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Jehovah's Witnesses do conduct funerals similar to other Christian faiths. Jehovah's Witnesses differ from other Christian faiths in their beliefs concerning death in that they believe that the soul's existence ends at death and can only be reborn when the resurrection of Jesus occurs.

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Jehovah's Witnesses believe that after death, the soul becomes nonexistent and is reborn into a new physical body after the resurrection of Jesus. Jehovah's Witnesses may conduct the funeral service at a funeral home or their faith's building of worship, called a Kingdom Hall. The funerals generally last from 15 to 30 minutes, take place within a week of death and require appropriate dress of suits for men and dresses or skirts for women.

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