Nobody likes to think about funerals, however when you have lost a loved one, a funeral or a celebration of life is an important step to moving through the grieving process. At a funeral, we have an opportunity to remember the person who has died, we have an opportunity to celebrate their life, we have an opportunity to comfort each other through whatever emotions we are feeling, and we have an opportunity to remember the promises of God that are available to all of us - the promise that, in the words of the New Creed of the United Church of Canada, "In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone."
Funerals can happen in different locations - they can take place in the church, in a funeral home, at the graveside, or in a community building. Our minister is able to preside at your service in any of these locations. For funerals in the church building, our musicians are also able to offer music for the service.
Funerals in the church are not limited to church members. We are able to host funerals for community members as part of or mission to serve our communities. As well as the service itself, church Elders are able to serve as greeters/ushers, our Office Administrator can prepare bulletins, and our UCW (United Church Women) can cater funeral luncheons.
If you would like to pre-plan your funeral service, our minister can sit down with you to work through the service. This can take a burden off of your family members so that they don't have to try to plan your service at a time when they are actively grieving. This plan is then kept in a secure file until such a time as it is needed. (And if you change your mind about anything, you can always update or modify your plan!)
If you would like to pre-plan your funeral, or if you have lost a loved one and are trying to plan their funeral, please feel free to get in touch with our minister.