The rite for the lay faithful is divided into three phases: Office of the Dead in the death house, prayer service in the church (chapel in the cemetery) and burial regulations in the cemetery.
In the death house, the relatives prepare the corpse (prosthesis). They wash the dead and clothe them. Then they lay out the body. The wake is held. These last services are accompanied by prayer, scripture reading and psalm singing. In Germany, these tasks are taken over by the funeral home, so this part is missing. If desired, the pastor can say a prayer in the house of the deceased before the service takes place in the church or chapel.
A prayer service will be held in the church. The funeral procession continues to the cemetery where the deceased is buried and the priest seals the grave. Clergy and relatives return to the mourning house and conclude the funeral service with a psalm and prayer. After the burial, a memorial service is held at the deceased's home. It serves to comfort and edify the relatives. The family gathering after the burial is an integral part of the liturgical execution of the funeral service.
In this respect the lay rite of the Armenian Church differs characteristically from the rites of the other Oriental Churches, whose funeral liturgy ends with dismissal from the cemetery. For the Church teaches the communion of the living and those who are asleep, which is to be preserved in the rite. Thus, the Armenian Church includes the bereaved with specific parts for the grieving community in the burial order. Thus, in the Armenian funeral rite, the last spiritual duty is rendered not only to the deceased, but also to the bereaved with speeches comforting the spirit.