A death is, for any family, a disorienting time that comes with a mix of emotions. The first step is to contact our priest, The Rev. Hunter Ruffin, by calling 602-573-4111. Our clergy will assist with funeral or memorial plans and can recommend the services of an undertaker in the local area if needed.

A Note about the Burial Office:

“The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.

The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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 one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.”

Book of Common Prayer, p. 507

Planning for the End of Life

One of the greatest gifts we can give to our surviving family members is a pre-planned funeral service. By taking the time to plan your own funeral, you remove the guess work for your family members and provide to them loving care in the midst of grief.

To get started with your end of life planning, download Faithful Stewards of Your Good Gifts, which includes instructions for writing a will, for planning your funeral, and advance medical directives to provide to your physicians. After completing the section on funeral planning, send a copy of the funeral plans (nothing else!) to Church of the Epiphany.