a Scientology Funeral Like?
Jan. 5, 2009 12:48 PM PST by Leslie
Given the sad news about Jett Travolta, I got to wondering: What is a
Scientology funeral like?
are funerary customs specific to
Scientology, the longtime religion of John Travolta and his family.
(FYI: Other superfamous Scientology adherents include Tom Cruise, Beck
and My Name Is Earl castmates Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee.) A hallmark
of Scientology is the belief that humans are immortal spirits, beings
who have lived many lifetimes and whose potential is unlimited.
A funeral, therefore, focuses on the departed like this...
...by addressing him or her directly during the service, urging the
departed to move on to better times. Spokespeople for the church did
not return my request for comment, but on the official Scientology
website, a news release includes a passage from a typical church
If used to memorialize young Jett, it will go like this:
"We do not contest your right to go away. Your debts are paid. This
chapter of thy life is shut. Go now, dear Jett, and live once more in
happier time and place. Thank you, Jett."
A sociology professor offered more insight to the media today about
what might happen at the funeral. According to Stephen Kent of the
University of Alberta, quoted by ABC news:
• Someone will likely offer readings from Scientology founder
science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
• The 16-year-old's body may lie in state, or his ashes may be
present, or perhaps just a photo will be displayed. The church is
flexible on this point, Kent says.
• Nonmembers of the church are not banned. If the funeral is
private, the family may extend invitations to people who are not
• Afterward, the mourning Travoltas may be encouraged to
evaluation by church officials to purge lingering negative feelings
about Jett's untimely death.
• There will be no talk of a heaven, as Scientologists do not
believe in it.
As of this morning, a local mortuary in the Bahamas has said that a
viewing of the youth's body may take place in Freeport tomorrow, with a
funeral service expected later in
(For those interested
they can usually contact their local Church of Scientology to read the
Scientology funeral service. My experience is that often there
are equal non-Scientologists to Scientologists at such
services. - Rev Nick Broadhurst)
L. Ron Hubbard was a prolific writer in fiction. His writings supported
his research into Scientology in his early days. He wrote more westerns
and adventure stories than Science fiction. He has said however that he
was always proud to write science fiction back in that golden pulp
fiction age. - ED
The Scientology book Background and Ceremonies may be in some libraries
and is the book that has the funeral services.