Planning a Memorial Service or a Funeral
We know that planning the details of a funeral or memorial service can be overwhelming, and we would like to assist you in any way we can. It is our hope that this information will be helpful to you.As Christians, we grieve as those who have a unique hope in the risen Christ, thus empowering us to mark the occasion of death as a time in which the hope of the Gospel is reaffirmed with joy and peace. A United Methodist service acknowledges this hope and offers family and friends the opportunity to remember a loved one’s life and offer them into God’s care. The service should be a time to celebrate the wonderful gift God gave to us in our relationship with the deceased.
Please know we are here for you and welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you and your family.
If you have questions regarding Funeral and Memorial service planning, please contact Pastor David Hodd at (651) 784-7667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prior to the death. It is a sacred privilege to come and pray with you during this difficult event. If time and circumstances allow, please call the church office (651 784-7667) and notify us of your situation. We will make every effort to come pray with you and your family.
- When your loved one dies: When your loved one passes away, please call the church office at (651) 784-7667. If possible, the Pastor will come to be with you.
- Setting the date and time for the service. We will help you plan a meaningful service to celebrate the life of your loved one. Please talk with us before you schedule the service date and time. To avoid any potential conflicts, our minister will review the building use calendar before a final service time will be set. Please know that every effort will be made to accommodate the wishes of your family.
- Planning the service: An important early step in planning the service is to gather your family together at home or the church to visit with the minister leading the service. This is a valuable time to share stories and favorite memories of your loved one. Many families comment that this type of gathering proves to be very helpful and comforting.
Important questions to consider:
–What type of service do you want? Some options to consider are:
–A graveside service followed by a memorial service
–A traditional funeral service followed by a graveside service
–A memorial service only (in this type of service the body is not present.)
–A graveside service only
Where will the service (s) be held?
–In our sanctuary?
–At a funeral home/cemetery?
- Costs: During your visit, the pastor will convey any costs involved. You can also review Gethsemane’s Funeral Policy.
- Memorials: Memorial gifts are a special way to honor a loved one. If you are interested in learning more about memorial gift opportunities at Gethsemane UMC, please discuss this with the pastor. In addition, we are happy to work with you to include other memorial gifts to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, etc., on the back of the service program.