Memorial services and funerals generally cannot be scheduled well in advance. The Ministers and some retired ministers in the congregation are usually available on short notice when needed. While funeral services generally are held shortly after a person’s death, memorial services may be held at the convenience of the family. It is critical, however, for the family to discuss the details with the Minister(s) prior to making other arrangements as there are guidelines to be followed in the United Church. We can help you to minimize the stress at such a difficult time.
Before a loved one dies, we can provide counseling as well as forms and plans which you may complete and have ready long before the sad event. A funeral or memorial service is most meaningful when it reflects the interests, values and beliefs of the deceased in the music, readings, and prayers chosen. You may choose to do this for yourself or with the help of the ministerial staff. Not only will this spare your survivors some grief, it will ensure that your own wishes are known and respected.
Services may be held in the Sanctuary, Chapel or sometimes in another location. A reception or memorial tea following a service may be held in the Doreene McLeod Room, the Social Room or in the Fellowship Hall by prior arrangement with the Hospitality Team. Contact the church office to make these arrangements.