Funerals are a natural part of life and no one is ever fully prepared when a loved one dies, even if anticipated. The clergy of the Church and the faith community are the foundation for providing comfort in the midst of grief and for guiding a family through a transition from earthly life and death into eternal life. The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the Minister of the Congregation.
Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has opportunity to be present.
The liturgy for “The Burial of the Dead” is an Easter liturgy, which finds all its meaning in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. This joy does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death, and Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus.
Who can be buried from St. Michael's?
Anyone who has had an association with the parish as a family member or active participant.
What to do?
Please contact the clergy and parish office as soon as possible. Clergy are trained and experienced in many ways such as, in the transition to hospice care, offering prayer and spiritual care to complement the work of trained medical professions. Clergy are also better able to preach at a funeral when it is the commendation of someone they have known. Contact the parish office
What about burial?
Space for the interment of ashes is available in our Memorial Garden. The cost for this is $750.00: this includes the opening of the grave, the grave site itself and the bronze name plate for the Memorial Garden Wall as well as continuing upkeep in the Garden.
Who plans the service?
The order of service from the Book of Common Prayer is used for a funeral. In cases where no explicit plans have been made in advance, the immediate family of the deceased plan the liturgy in conjunction with the clergy. For those who wish to make known their wishes for their own eventual funeral, a guide is available from the parish office. Clergy are also ready to meet you with in person, if that is helpful.
What about a repast (reception)?
Duncanson Hall is available for repasts. This also includes a fully equipped kitchen. It is subject to availability and occupancy restrictions. Arrangements are made during the families meeting with the clergy.
What about music?
Our church organist ordinarily plays for all services held in the church, and our clergy will officiate. These arrangements are made with the clergy who will help you in selecting music and Scripture readings.
How much does a funeral cost?
There is no charge for this or any other sacramental rite. As a sign of God’s love freely bestowed upon all people, the rite for the burial of the dead comes without a price tag. Certain costs must be paid, including reasonable amount for building use and the services of custodial staff, musicians, and clergy. Please refer to the schedule of fees.
Many people also feel called to make a monetary donation in thanksgiving for a loved one. A donation to the Memorial fund of the parish is both welcome and appreciated—and fully tax-deductible. Make checks payable to “St. Michael's Church,” enter “Memorial Fund” in the memorandum line.