The Burial of the Dead is an Easter liturgy and finds all its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Christ was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that the one we love has entered into the nearer presence of God, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. The liturgy is also an expression of our belief that nothing can separate us from the love of God and each other in Christ. We still love, care, and pray for those who have died, and we believe they still love, care, and pray for us.

The clergy of St. Barnabas are available to speak with you about funeral planning or any questions you may have around funerals, death, and dying. Contact Fr. Alex by clicking here.

Practical Matters:

  • When a Christian is nearing death, the clergy should be alerted so that the Sacraments of the Church may be administered.

  • When possible, funeral planning should be done in advance of death with one of our clergy.

  • Funerals generally include a full liturgy with communion - a reminder of our place in the risen life of Christ.

  • For those who choose cremation, St. Barnabas has a beautiful columbarium available as a final resting place.

  • Please have funeral arrangements finalized with the church prior to publication online or in newspapers.

  • Parkside Hall is available for the family to host a luncheon or reception following the funeral services.