At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth. At the funeral we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God. Trusting in God’s promise in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection. When the church gathers to mark the end of life, Christ crucified and risen is the witness of worship, the strength of mutual consolation and the hope of healing. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book)
Funeral Frequently Asked Questions....
serHow do I schedule/plan a funeral at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church?
To schedule and plan a funeral at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, please contact Pastor Roland Ziprick at 604-467-4343, firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the scheduling process.
Should I go to a funeral home as well
Yes. Our role in helping you schedule and plan a funeral at St. Paul`s is different from a funeral home. Our major preoccupation is with the funeral service and the pastor guides you through such a process. The funeral home takes care of other details, such as cremation, caskets, urns, embalming, etc.
What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
Funeral and memorial services are quite similar. The biggest difference is that the body of the deceased is present at the funeral; on the other hand the body is not present at a memorial. Sometimes families wish to have the ashes of the cremated person present for the memorial service. Funerals are usually held immediately following death whereas memorial services may take place weeks or months away.
Can we have a “celebration of life,” instead of a funeral/memorial?
Within the Lutheran Christian tradition, a funeral/memorial service really is a celebration of life. Within the context of a funeral/memorial, we take the time to celebrate the life of the deceased. Because of it’s Christian nature, the celebration of life also includes the belief that Jesus Christ rose from the grave to conquer death and win for us, eternal life. We give thanks for and celebrate God’s gift of eternal life to humanity.
Is it necessary to be a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to have a funeral here?
No it is not. At St. Paul’s we believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all and won eternal life for all. We consider it a privilege to help all people mark this passage of life, to mourn and grieve and remember and finally celebrate the gift that God has given.
How can I celebrate the life of my loved one?
There are many ways that you can celebrate the life of the deceased. Often people use a variety of media to eulogize (remember and praise) their loved ones. We encourage pictures of every size and description for worshipers to view. We also encourage slide shows or power point productions during the worship service. Of course, if family or friends chose to speak about the deceased, we encourage that as well.
What are the fees for a funeral/memorial at St. Paul’s?
COST: $550 Includes the services of the Pastor and a Musician, and Use of the building