Funerals, Burials and Memorial Services
All human cultures have rituals at death to help the living mourn their loss, to celebrate the life of the deceased, and to acknowledge a larger context within which we all live and die. A Christian Burial is this ritual in The Episcopal Church.
An Episcopal funeral or memorial service is, above all else, a service of worship to Almighty God in thanksgiving for the life lived on this earth and the eternal life promised in heaven, through Jesus Christ. The service is focused on the one who has died, in the context of the community of faith. Even in the midst of suffering, sorrow and death, we find our voices to proclaim God’s graciousness and blessing.
All parishioners are encouraged to contemplate the end of their lives and to make plans in advance that honor themselves and their loved ones. Our document, End of Life Decisions, Funeral and Burial Planning is designed to help in that planning.
If a death has occurred, please call the Rector (day or night) at (443) 955-8122. (If death appears imminent, please call a priest to be with you at the end of life or shortly thereafter for prayers.) One of the clergy will meet with you to make funeral and/or burial arrangements. All arrangements are coordinated with the Parish Administrator, (410) 429-4690.