"I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
(Book of Common Prayer, Burial Rite I)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Our Christian faith has its foundation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death itself is understood in light of the resurrection and Jesus Christ’s victory over it. We may find death uncomfortable to think about, but remembering our hope of eternal life helps us to put it in proper perspective.
As we say in the Burial Office, “In the midst of life we are in death.” The death of a loved one may be the most difficult experience in our lives, bringing to the surface feelings of grief, guilt, fear, and anger. But death also raises a multitude of practical issues and questions for which we do not know the answers.
We can help our loved ones by ensuring that we have made proper arrangements. Most of you have probably done so. You have a will; you have made plans with a funeral director. Perhaps you’ve thought about end-of-life issues and have a medical power of attorney or other advance directive. If you would like to talk about any of these matters, please contact Fr. Jonathan.
An important part of this process is thinking about and clarifying what sort of funeral service will take place. On page 458 of the Book of Common Prayer, the general directions for Burial Services are given. These directions apply to all funerals held in the church or conducted by Episcopal clergy.
We would like to invite you to begin the process of thinking about your burial arrangements. Our funeral instruction form may be downloaded and completed in consultation with clergy and with family members. In addition to all of the mundane matters, it allows you to specify what readings and hymns you would like and what sort of service you would prefer.
Our columbarium is available for the final interment of ashes.
In sure and certain hope of the Resurrection,
+ The Rev. Dr. D. Jonathan Grieser