Funerals at Parkwoods are guided by the principal that the death of a loved one is a time to recall the miracle of life, to give thanks for the life of the deceased, and to mourn the loss. The Bible reflects many emotional responses to the reality of grief, including anger, denial, guilt, lament, resignation, thanksgiving, and trust.

The service may be called “Funeral,” “Memorial Service,” or “Service of Remembrance and Celebration.” Generally if a casket is present we use “Funeral” otherwise we use “Memorial”. The service may be held at Parkwoods or in a funeral home. The ministers are Parkwoods offer pastoral care, time with the family to plan the service and lead the sevice. Pastoral care following the day of the service is available upon request.

Meeting with one of our ministers, the family will be invited to suggest hymns, Bible readings, even poems and stories that were significant to the deceased. Together the minister and the family will use this information to prepare the service. Although all services are led by one of our ministers, family and friends are encouraged to participate in the service. If the service is held at Parkwoods one of our organists will play for the service. Additional music and musical instruments are welcome.

Services held in funeral homes will have a fee structure established by the individual funeral home. The funeral home generally looks after the payment of honoraria to the minister. Funerals and Memorial Services held at Parkwoods are considered part of the ministers’ pastoral care to the congregation and community. For information on the current fee schedule, please contact the Church Office.