Thinking about death and attending to the necessary details surrounding it can be frightening or difficult. Our culture tries to deny and hide death. As Christians, we celebrate death as the next stage in our life with Christ. We can make the process easier for our survivors, who may or may not know about our arrangements or wishes. It is always appropriate that a member of a congregation be buried from the church and not from a secular funeral home or chapel. The simplified liturgy can also be used in a dignified manner for a graveside or crypt side service.
Cremation of the body has become very common, particularly in the northwest. It is considerably less expensive than a traditional casket funeral, and the public services are much easier to arrange. After cremation, the family can opt to scatter the ashes if they wish, to inter them is the ground in a cemetery plot, or to place them in a columbarium niche. If the deceased has been preceded in death by a spouse or loved one, the arrangements which were made for the latter may suggest what you choose on this occasion. In the case of cremation, there are not time limits on scheduling the service.
St. Dunstan’s church has an elegant columbarium on its beautiful wooded grounds. It contains 180 niches with bronze face plates and a beautiful outdoor altar. The memorial is held in the church. The ashes are carried in procession to the columbarium and placed on the altar. The committal service is read, and the ashes are placed in the niche. A reception may follow in the church narthex.
- A certification of ownership;
- A permanent bronze face plaque, with name and dates;
- The right to a memorial service at St. Dunstan’s Church;
- Easy access for future visits;
- Please call the church office for details and tour of the area.
A service planning form is available from the parish office. Such instructions, which include desired Scripture readings, musical selections and other details, are kept on file for future use. The information you submit is considered to be confidential and is kept in a private, fire-proof file in the office. It is very important that you set your wishes down in writing and make them clear for your next-of-kin or whoever will be in charge of arraignments. This is particularly critical if that person is of a different religious faith, does not know you well, or lives in a distant place.