Funeral or Memorial Services
Standing and weeping beside the grave of his friend Lazarus, Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live." - John 11:25.
A funeral or memorial service marks the close of a human life on earth. It is an opportunity for friends and family members to express their grief, give thanks for the life of their loved one and commend him or her into God's keeping.
‘Human beings have sensed the mystery of death, and the pain of grief, since time immemorial. Every society has developed rites to mark the passage from life through death, and to commemorate the dead. We do this through the funeral service, and the rites by which we lay a person’s body to rest.
The wounds of grief need time and care to heal. The funeral may help this process, by enabling us to acknowledge our loss, give thanks for the life of the person who has died, make our last farewell, and begin to take up life once more.
The service outline is as follows:
We gather in the presence of God and remember the person who has died.
We listen and respond to the Word of God and proclaim the death and
resurrection of Christ.
We give thanks for the life now ended, and pray for those in need.
We leave the deceased in God's care, and we continue life's journey.
A Prayer Book for Australia, 1995.
We recommend contacting the priest first, before making contact with the funeral director. People can also contact the priest when the person is dying as he or she can assist with accompanying the person and their loved ones in preparing for death.
Before the funeral the priest will meet with the family and spend some time with them in shaping the service in ways that reflect something about the person and provide the opportunity for people to be involved in the service in ways that are appropriate.
We often encounter families whose grief is burdened by the fact that they did not know their loved one’s wishes in terms of their funeral or memorial service. The 'Funeral Arrangement Form' can be used to document legal information, your wishes and other information.
If you would like further information about holding a funeral or memorial service at St. John's, please call the Parish Office on 02 6248 8399.