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 1. What do I do in the case of the passing of a loved one?
 2. I live outside the Washington, DC area, what do I do in the case of the passing of a loved one? 
 3. What is the actual total cost of a funeral? 
 4. What is the background and origin of the National Wonjeon Shrine? 
 5. What is the address and telephone of Fort Lincoln Cemetery?
 6. What is the history of Ft. Lincoln?
 7. What is the Unification view of cremation?
 8. What is the Unification view on organ donation?
 9. Who can be buried in the National Wonjeon Shrine?
10. Are there special provisions for 2nd generation?
11. Did True Father bless the location?
12. What is the cost of a crypt (i.e. a burial plot)?
13. I don't have enough to cover the entire amount, can I submit a deposit 
        and finance the remainder? What is the minimum down payment? 
14. I'm a National Messiah and want to be buried in my nation. If I purchase 
        a crypt, or if I change my mind, can I resell the crypt?
15. Will I receive a legal contract?
16. What does the $1700 / $2000 purchase? What is the meaning of a single or double crypt?
17. I live on the West Coast. Will the church establish a local Wonjeon closer to my home?
18. Is space a problem at Ft. Lincoln? Who will be my neighbors? What about the future?
19. Where can I learn more about Sunghwa and Wonjeon ceremonies?
20. Why must coffins be made of wood?
21. One member told me that in Cheongpyeong they were told that when a spouse dies, he/she hangs around in the body of the remaining spouse and causes trouble and illness. What do you think? I heard that the spirit stays on the earth for 43 days. What is the process?
22. Why do people who go to spirit world that were Blessed on the earth still need to be "liberated" at Cheongpyeong?
1. What do I do when a loved one passes away?
  • Inform Regional Leader. 
  • Call member of Sunghwa Committee or local church. 
  • Call funeral home. Arrange date/time for service & to make arrangements to bring deceased to funeral home. 
  • Sunghwa Committee or local community - Organize public prayer vigil from 10-12 midnight for 3 nights in someone's home, as well as private 24-hour prayer chain 
  • Notify family and relatives
  • Church send out email notice 
  • Get robe and personal items (DP book) to Ft Lincoln 
  • Regional leader, spouse, and Sunghwa Committee member go to funeral home to pray and Holy salt body 
  • Delegate someone to organize Sunghwa ceremony.
  • Order or prepare banner 
  • Arrange for audio/music person 
  • Organize reception - food & location 
  • Prepare bio. (In the case of lingering illness, some of these items can be done beforehand, such as enlargement of photo, selection of music, testimonies, and preparation of bio. A CD with a PowerPoint presentation of ascended person's life makes a wonderful keepsake.) 
  • Who will give testimonies? 
  • Who designs/prints program? 
  • Ushers 
  • Love donation box 
  • Incense 
  • Gloves/ties 
  • Candles 
  • Bow & ribbon 
  • Flowers for offering/display 
  • Sign in book 
  • Insurance 
2. I live outside the Washington, DC area, what do I do in the case of the passing of a loved one? 
 
Same answer as above, however, if you desire to have your loved one buried at the National Wonjeon Shrine at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Washington, DC, then the arrangements must be made through Fort Lincoln for the transfer of the deceased. Fort Lincoln can make the necessary legal and logistical arrangements. The cost of airfare would have to be added to the budget. It is not illegal to transport someone in your car, but you must have the death certificate, proper paperwork, and equipment which can be issued by the mortuary. 
3. What is the actual total cost of a funeral?
In the case of Fort Lincoln, their services are arranged through two (2) offices: the funeral home and the cemetery office. We worked out a price package with each office that includes discounted full service rate.

(a) The cost of the funeral home is $2,500 and includes full service at funeral home, church or graveside, visitation (on day of service or prior day). The funeral home will pick up the deceased at the hospital, hospice, or home. Prepare the body (bathe, dress) for viewing. Embalming is extra. This might be necessary if the body must be kept for more than a week, for example, in order to accommodate relatives who might be coming from out of town.

(b) The cost of the cemetery service is $1,500 and includes opening and closing of the crypt. This refers to the actual funeral when they set up a tent over the plot, provide chairs, and lower the casket after the service.

Other costs include:

(a) Casket (approximately $1,000-2,000): There are two categories of caskets: biodegradable and non-biodegradable. For the same reasons that we oppose cremation (“it does not allow the physical body a natural return to the physical (material) world." (Tradition Book), we recommend a wooden biodegradable casket. Ft. Lincoln offers a wide range of caskets both wooden and metal. In addition, there are companies which sell caskets on-line for next day delivery, including: Casketexpress.com, Funeraldepot.com, and Directcasket.com (which sells the Montgomery model #DCTH50 for $1195.) 

(b) Bronze marker (16 x 24" on a granite base) - $1,500

(c) Crypt ($3,500 for a two person crypt or $3,000 for a single)

In summary: 

$3,500 crypt Two-person crypt or $3,000 for single crypt. (Payable to HSA-UWC headquarters in New York.)
$2,500 Funeral services (payable to funeral home)
$1,500 Cemetery services (payable to funeral home)
$1,200 Casket (usually purchased through the funeral home but also available through outside company, such as Directcasket.com.)
$1,600 Bronze marker (payable to funeral home) 
$10,200  APPROXIMATE TOTAL 

4. What is the background and origin of the National Wonjeon Shrine?
The passing of our brother Tom Wojick in September 2001 coincided with the 25th anniversary of our main church building in Washington, so with the blessing of our Regional Director, Rev. In Hoi Lee, a committee was created headed by Antonio Betancourt and William Selig began researching the cemeteries in this region. Fort Lincoln Cemetery offered our church a group burial plan which was approved by the Continental Director, Dr. Chang Shik Yang. From an economic viewpoint, Fort Lincoln's offer was the best. From a location perspective, it is located only 5 minutes from the Times facilities and where the majority of members in Washington live, and from a spiritual point of view, its historic ties to the 16th president seemed very significant.
5. What is the address and telephone of Fort Lincoln Cemetery?
3401 Bladensburg Rd., Brentwood, MD 20722-1897. Tel: (301) 864-5090. 
6. What is the history of Ft. Lincoln?
This location was actually one of the military bases that protected the city during the Civil War, and indeed, President Abraham Lincoln, the Commander-in-Chief, did conduct strategy sessions on site. As a cemetery, it was chartered in 1912 by an act of the Maryland General Assembly and presently encompasses 178 acres. 
7. What is the Unification view of cremation?
The Tradition book says, "According to the Principle, death is the time when both the spiritual and physical bodies return to their original source. The spiritual body goes to the world of the spirit. We can say that the physical body returns to the material world through its eventual decomposition. The practice of cremation is not in accordance with the Unification view, as it does not allow the physical body a natural return to the physical (material) world." Furthermore, when cremation is performed, the body is usually not returned to the earth. That is, the ashes are not buried. They are usually scattered or placed in an urn, which is kept in the home or in the crematorium. Cremation is however practiced under certain circumstances. In Japan for example, cremation is required by law due to the lack of space. In such cases, members offer a special prayer for forgiveness.
8. What is the Unification view on organ donation?
The Tradition book, published in 1985, makes no mention of organ donation, however, according to our International President, Hyung Jin Moon, the choice is a family matter. To offer an opportunity to save or improve the quality of life of another is a precious legacy. There are many beautiful testimonies of grateful families of loved ones who received an organ from another - heart, kidney, cornea, etc. The Sunghwa National Committee agrees it is completely in line with Father's philosophy to live for the sake of others and therefore a family's choice to do so should be supported and encouraged. 
9. Who can be buried in the National Wonjeon Shrine?
Only Blessed couples and members faithful to our True Parents. 
10. Are there special provisions for 2nd generation at Fort Lincoln?
There is no special provision for 2nd generation. They may be buried in the same area. However, there is a special location for infants. 
11. Did True Father bless the location?
On July 26, 2002, Continental Director Dr. Yang reported to Father about the Wonjeon and also the passing into the spirit world of our brother Rev. Purnell Spicer. True Parents wholeheartedly approved holding a national level Sunghwa ceremony for Rev. Spicer and gave his blessing on having the national Wonjeon Shrine in our nation's capitol. 
12. What is the cost of crypt (i.e. a burial plot)?
The current price is $3,000 for a single person crypt and $3,500 for a double person crypt. In comparison, without the benefit of a group discount, the average cost of a single crypt is about $4,600 and $6,700 for a double. Please contact Rev. Greg Carter at gcarter@unification.org or nationalwonjeon@aol.com.
13. I don't have enough to cover the entire amount, can I submit a deposit and finance the remainder? What is the minimum down payment?
Contact Naokimi Ushiroda at nushiroda@unification.org at HSA headquarters to discuss a payment plan.
14. I'm a National Messiah and want to be buried in my nation. If I purchase a crypt, or if I change my mind, can I resell the crypt?
Since your agreement is with HSA-UWC and not directly with the funeral home, then the re-selling of your crypt is completely an "internal" matter. So, in the case of relocation, you are free to sell or give the plot to another family with the proviso that it be to a member of our faith. 
15. Will I receive a legal contract?
Along with a receipt you will receive a legal document drawn up by a church attorney. 
16. What does the $3,000 / $3,500 purchase? What is the meaning of a single or double crypt?
A crypt is essentially a large cement box large enough to house one or two caskets. There is an internal scaffold, so they don't touch each other, but basically one casket is placed on top of the other. The logic of the crypt is that a casket will decay over time, and that without a cement box, the earth above the casket will eventually cave in. The $3,000 or $3,500 purchases a plot of earth and the crypt.
17. I live on the West Coast. Will the church establish a local Wonjeon closer to my home?
Contact the Los Angeles Sunghwa Ministry at http://www.seunghwaministry.org for further information. There is also a Wonjeon in Arizona. The decision to create a Wonjeon is strictly a grass-roots action. If the local members can approach a funeral home and negotiate a competitive arrangement then it might be worthwhile to establish a local Wonjeon. Another idea would be to use the National Wonjeon in Washington, but to have a local Wonjeon with "commemorative markers," so loved ones and family can pay their respects and pray locally, but the ascended member would lie in rest in our Movement's "Arlington Cemetery."
18. Is space a problem at Ft. Lincoln? Who will be my neighbors? What about the future?
There is no problem of space at Ft. Lincoln. The church owns an area that can accommodate approximately 300 plots (or 600 persons). This will certainly be enough for our needs for the next 25 years. However, we need to have some sense of our needs in the far future. According to the government's National Vital Statistics Report, the life expectancy for all Americans is 76.9. If the average age of an American member is 50, then in 25 years, or in the year, 2025, we can expect the majority of those reading this to pass into the spirit world. If there are about 3,000 families in America, or about 6,000 adults, then you can imagine what size facility we need to prepare. 
19. Where can I learn more about Sunghwa and Wonjeon ceremonies?
The Tradition book, www.familyfed.org, or contact nationalwonjeon@aol.com.
20. Why does the Principle prefer coffins be made of wood?
Inexpensive woods (especially pine) are preferred because they decompose more rapidly than hardwoods such as oak. A metal casket is slow to decompose and so the biblical commandment, “Unto dust shalt you return” (Gen 3:19) would not be easily fulfilled. However, metal containers are generally less expensive and whether the decomposition is slow or fast, members generally take the most cost-conscious approach.

21. One member told me that in Cheongpyeong they were told that when a spouse dies, he/she hangs around in the body of the remaining spouse and causes trouble and illness. What do you think? I heard that the spirit stays on the earth for 43 days. What is the process?

Until 1998, when Daemo Nim visited Ozereien (Japan’s main Wonjeon), such a phenomenon -- a (spiritual) spouse hanging around in the body of the remaining spouse or in the body of his/her son/daughter -- had indeed existed. It had happened mainly because everybody thought such a state of relationship was natural and favorable. But since then, Daemo Nim had them all sent to the Unification Spiritual Sphere. If it does happen these days, it’s because that ascended person hasn't received enough education and understanding of what the spirit world is all about and of where he/she is destined to go in the eternal world. Or his/her spouse or family did not encourage him/her to go deeper inside God's heart for the long-awaited ultimate registration as a true son or daughter of God.

The 43 days is the maximum period of his/her stay in the physical world before entering the spiritual sphere after the Sunghwa Ceremony, assuming everything is going according to the Heavenly schedule.

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22. Why do people who go to spirit world that were Blessed on the earth still need to be "liberated" at Cheongpyeong?

To assure he/she is going to the best place nearest God and to have the very purest spiritual life. 

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