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.

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