A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for family and friends to express their grief, to give thanks for the life that has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.The central focus of a funeral service is the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. He is the means by which those who have died have a guarantee of a new life.
Whether you are planning the final days of a loved one or a death has occurred unexpectedly, we are here for you, to help you.
Be sure to contact the clergy for their availability, and that of the church, prior to finalizing the funeral times.
The usual funeral service in Trinity is based on the choices found in The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 edition. In the first part of the service, which includes Scriptures and prayers, a homily on the great Christian beliefs about life beyond death is preached by the clergy. An invitation is always made beforehand for members of the family, or friends, to then offer some personal reflections on the life of the deceased. The clergy do not give eulogies. The offering of the Holy Eucharist forms the second part of the Liturgy. It recalls the promise of the Resurrection, entrusts the deceased to the love and mercy of God, and asks for comfort and strength for those who mourn.
Please ask the church office for a copy of the customary for more details.
People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements between the death and the funeral that they do not experience the full sense of this loss until later. Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with, and healing, this loss. It may continue for several months or longer. It is those – clergy and lay people – who have themselves suffered a close bereavement who can most effectively offer comfort and support to those who mourn.
The most important thing is to realize that you are not alone.