Funerals are provided for anyone wishing to be buried from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Funerals are ordinarily scheduled within two or three days after the death, or Memorial Services may be scheduled at any time after the death.
If desired, the priest will accompany the family to the Funeral Home for planning there and, if requested, help the family make decisions that fit their own values.
There are several Episcopal funeral services, including one for those who did not claim to be Christian. The priest will discuss the service with the family and help select music, readings, ushers, lay readers and other participants. The family may request that other clergy be asked to participate in the service. A stipend for musicians is expected. A donation to participating clergy is appropriate.
The Episcopal Church encourages the celebration of Holy Communion at a funeral or memorial service, especially when attendance at regular Sunday Communion has been a part of the family custom.