In The Episcopal Church, we believe that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, at death, “… life is changed not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 382.)
Our burial services find their meaning in the Resurrection; because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised. The services are characterized by joy in the eternal love of God in Jesus Christ, and by our human grief at the death of a loved one. While we rejoice that a loved one is now with God, we are sorrowful with those who mourn.
A death should be reported as soon as possible to a member of the clergy. Our clergy are here to provide pastoral support and guidance in scheduling and planning the service of Christian burial, as all arrangements for burial services are made in consultation with the clergy. Burial services follow the rites authorized by The Episcopal Church. A burial from Christ Church Cathedral does not require membership in the congregation.
Since the death of a child usually occurs long before his or her expected span of life, often under tragic circumstances, The Episcopal Church has a particular service that addresses these special circumstances.
Christian burials are customarily held in the church but for pastoral reasons may be held at the funeral home or graveside.
When possible burial services are to be held at a time and place when family, friends, colleagues, and the congregation of the deceased have the opportunity to be present.
If cremation is to take place, burial services may be held prior to this, or if held afterwards, the ashes should be present at the service.
A memorial service will often take place weeks, months, or a year after death has occurred. All arrangements for the services are made in consultation with the cathedral clergy and follow the rites authorized by The Episcopal Church.
For more information about funerals or memorial services, please contact Canon Sherilyn Pearce.