Life Events

British Sign Language (BSL) signs relating to life event services and ceremonies; such as Christenings/Baptisms/Dedications, Confirmations, Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings/Marriage, and Funerals

Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised (Full Immersion)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised (Full Immersion). The ceremony of immersing a person (usually adult, although some churches will baptize children if they are able to declare their faith) in water to show they have made a full commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus himself was baptized by full immersion in the River Jordan.

Bible references include: Matthew 3:13-17

See also: Baptism / Baptize / Christening (Infant) and Baptism / Baptize

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Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised / Christening (Infant)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Baptism / Baptize / Baptise / Baptised / Christening (Infant). The ceremony of marking an infant or child with water as a promise to bring them up in the Christian faith and as a sign of their parents’ and godparents’ faith in Jesus Christ. Churches that practice infant baptism consider it to be a sacrament.

See also: Baptism / Baptize and Baptism / Baptize (Full Immersion)

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Bar Mitzvah

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bar Mitzvah. A ceremony to mark a Jewish boy as attaining adulthood and able to take part in religious duties.

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Catechumen

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Catechumen. Someone who is being prepared for confirmation, generally by means of classes. See also: Catechism and Confirmation (Ceremony)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Catechumen. Someone who is being prepared for confirmation, generally by means of classes.

See also: Catechism and Confirmation (Ceremony)

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Chapel of Rest

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chapel of Rest. A room or building in which family and friends can view and pay their last respects to a deceased person in the period between the death and the funeral service.

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Commend / Commendation (Funerals)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Commend / Commendation (Funerals). Part of the funeral service, at which the deceased person is committed to God’s safekeeping.

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Committal Service (Funerals)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Committal Service (Funerals). The closing act of a funeral service, at which the deceased person’s separation from life on earth is acknowledged.

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Cremation

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cremation. The disposal of mortal remains by means of burning.

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Death / Dead / Died

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Death / Dead / Died. No longer living.

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Death / Dead / Died. No longer living.

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Funeral

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Funeral. A ceremony held to remember someone who has died, give thanks for their life, and, in Christian funerals, the person is commended to God.

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Grave

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Grave. The place where a body is laid to rest after death.

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Laid to Rest

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Laid to Rest. Signed here as burial of a corpse. English term also applies to the practice of keeping bodies in a Chapel of Rest prior to burial or cremation.

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Marriage

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Marriage. The legal or formal union of two people in a personal relationship.

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Marriage. The legal or formal union of two people in a personal relationship.

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Nissuin

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Nissuin. A Jewish wedding ceremony.

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Nissuin. A Jewish wedding ceremony.

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Pall (Coffin cover)

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pall (Coffin cover). A piece of fabric draped over a coffin. See also: Pall (Chalice cover)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pall (Coffin cover). A piece of fabric draped over a coffin.

See also: Pall (Chalice cover)

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Rite

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Rite. A ceremony with set conventions and (usually) set wording; eg funeral rites, the marriage rites, etc

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Rite. A ceremony with set conventions and (usually) set wording; eg funeral rites, the marriage rites, etc

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Ritual

Video ThumbnailA British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ritual. The enactment of a rite; the deliberate carrying out of a set of actions in a prescribed order.

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ritual. The enactment of a rite; the deliberate carrying out of a set of actions in a prescribed order.

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Thanksgiving

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Thanksgiving. Expression of appreciation and gratitude.

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