I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though he die.
And everyone who has life, and has committed himself to me in faith,
shall not die for ever.
Book of Common Prayer, page 491
Planning for a funeral--whether making decisions in advance for your own service, or planning a service for a loved one who has died--begins with the Dean. Our clergy and staff will guide you through the process, providing suggestions for lessons and music and other concerns. It is important to begin the process with the priest.
The death of a member of the church should be reported as soon as possible to, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with the Dean. You may call the Cathedral office at 251.438.1822. If death occurs at a time when the office is closed, please leave a message, and your call will be returned.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES
We recommend that funerals be scheduled between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on a weekday (Monday-Friday), and no later than 3 pm. Funerals may also be scheduled on Saturday mornings if there is no conflict that day. We are not able to conduct funerals on Sundays.
Some people like to make selections in advance for their own funerals and keep them on file at the church. It can be a great comfort to family members and other loved ones to know your wishes for your service.
The Burial Office from the Book of Common Prayer is used, and may include Communion as you wish. There is a Rite One service (BCP page 469) which uses more traditional language, and a Rite Two service (BCP page 491) using more contemporary language. Clergy can help you select music from our Hymnal and the repertoire of our music staff.
Flowers for the funeral are contracted by the family. Please call the Cathedral office at 251.438.1822 for guidelines and details.
If you wish to have your ashes, or those of a loved one, interred in the Columbarium, please visit that page.
PLANNED GIVING AND MEMORIAL GIFTS
Just as we know that those who have died still support us in our earthly journey as "a great cloud of witnesses," so the gifts given in their memory and through their legacy continue to support our ministries, generation after generation.
THE LEGACY SOCIETY
Including Christ Church Cathedral in your estate plans helps ensure that the ministries of your church are strengthened and supported for generations to come. The Christ Church Cathedral Legacy Society provides information about ways to do this, and members of its steering committee are happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. It's important to remember that providing a legacy for this church is not limited to those who are wealthy. Many tools and methods can accomplish the goal of providing for the church following your death. Please read more about the Legacy Society and planned giving here.
Memorial gifts to Christ Church Cathedral are placed in _____________________. You may wish to suggest Christ Church Cathedral as a recipient for those who choose to make a gift in your or a loved one's memory.
Carolyn Jeffers, Provost // 251.438.1822 // email