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Church of the Holy Spirit
Episcopal Church

Burial of the Dead

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39

Paul’s words to the church in Rome are a source of profound comfort to Christians in times of loss, grief, and despair. Even though the fear of death may be very real, we hear in this holy text that nothing will be able to separate us from God’s love. The funeral service, or the Burial Office, is intended to be a reminder of this promise. The words, music, and actions of the liturgy reassure us that God’s love is stronger than death. Planning this service for yourself is a generous way to help your family honor your life.

Please contact our Priest-in-Charge as early in the funeral planning process as possible. This is helpful from a logistics standpoint as well as a pastoral one.

You can download other guidelines HERE.