Planning Your Funeral Service
One Home, One Family, One Meal
The Church is our spiritual home. It is where we are reborn through the waters of Baptism. It is where we as the children of God grow and learn about God’s world. It is in this spiritual home that our souls are fed and nourished with the Eucharist. The Church is where we bring our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears. It is to this spiritual home that we come to God with our loved ones and our parish family to celebrate the great milestones in our lives; First Communions, Confirmations, weddings, anniversaries, and so on. Finally, at the end of our lives it is where we come to pray, mourn, remember, celebrate and commit into God’s care the souls of our loved ones.
It is for these reasons that is important for a Christian to also celebrate his or her life and death within the Christian community. At the heart of that community is the good news of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The Holy Eucharist is our central celebration of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and his living presence among us. We refer to the Holy Eucharist as a “foretaste of the heavenly banquet” where we celebrate as one body with all those who have gone to the Lord before us. The celebration of the Eucharist at the time of death proclaims our faith in Christ’s victory over death, and our hope and belief in an unending life in his presence. It is therefore appropriate and most strongly recommended that a person’s life and death be celebrated in church within the context of the Holy Eucharist.
Use this planning booklet to help you and your loved ones prepare for the celebration of your life. There are many options. Please only fill out those items you feel are appropriate and reflect your style of funeral liturgy.
We encourage and recommend that you to go through this booklet with our clergy. Please feel free to discuss any details, questions, issues, concerns or pastoral matters you may have with the clergy and your funeral director as appropriate.
Remember the Church and her traditions are there to help a family through a time of loss and sadness and to reflect the life and memory of the deceased. Therefore, our traditions can be flexible to reflect the character of the deceased and how loved ones would like to celebrate the life of those who have died. Please discuss these issues with our Parish Priest beforehand.
We recommend you read the Introduction to the Funeral Liturgy in the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) on pages 565-569 and that you review and familiarize yourself with the Funeral Liturgies in the BAS on pages 570-605. There is also provision for the funeral liturgy from The Order for the Burial of the Dead from the Book of Common Prayer. Please see the Clergy for details regarding the Book of Common Prayer Rites.
Please be assured that all information contained in this booklet will remain in the strictest privacy and confidence between you and the Clergy of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Once you have filled out the information in this booklet please submit it to our Parish Priest. A copy will be made and sealed and placed on file. The original copy will be returned to you and should be included or attached to your will, prior funeral arrangements etc. Please inform those concerned with your funeral arrangements that this document exists, that it is on file at the church, and expresses your wishes.