Please Explain- The Savano

At Acropolis Funeral Services, we cater for all funerals and accommodate families from any religious or non-religious background and/or beliefs and faiths. Predominantly, we cater for Greek Orthodox families and in keeping with the Greek Orthodox faith, we provide our families with traditional inclusions for their beloved loved ones whilst in our care, as they would be provided for abroad in Greece. There are many things we do that are questioned. Hence this post, that will be a regular one, called- Please Explain. An opportunity for you to learn why we do, what we do accordingly. A moment to shine the light as to the meaning of the Greek Orthodox traditions. The Savano… What is it? I hear you ask- Please Explain…

Prior to dressing your loved one, after their body has been prepared, a Savano is placed over their head, and draped down their bare body. It is a white sheet with a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ printed on it. It’s a representation of the shroud of Jesus. The Savana we use are imported from Greece with Greek writing on each one. It states in Greek ‘Ο Ιησούς Χρηστóς Νικά’ which means ‘Jesus Christ Prevails’.

If families choose to dress their loved one in the Mortuary, the Savano is what they’ll see their loved one dressed in. We then dress over the Savano. When the dressing is complete, and at either the viewing or at the Funeral, if an open casket is requested, the Savano will not be visible.

Please feel free to call our office at any time in the case you have any question whatsoever. No question is too big or small.

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