When a parishioner is near death, the Rector should be notified in order that the ministries of the Church may be provided. This includes prayers, anointing with oil, and opportunities for making a confession and receiving absolution, as well as receiving Holy Communion. It is also an important opportunity for loved ones to join in vigil and faith to usher a brother or sister into eternity with Jesus.
The death of a parishioner should be reported as soon as possible to the Rector, and when possible, funeral arrangements can be made in advance. Besides giving the deceased an opportunity to make their wishes known, it also often helps the living to grieve.
Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The Burial Rites are essentially Easter services, proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus and his promise that those who have faith will join him. Holy Eucharist should be included, although it is not required. The Rector will assist the family in choosing Scriptures, hymns, and other options. Eulogies may be allowed at the discretion of the Rector.
In addition, Committal services may be provided, in which the remains of the deceased are committed either to the ground or the elements. This may be done immediately following a funeral service or at another convenient time.
Memorial services are also appropriate. Interested parties should speak to the Rector.
Trinity also has a Columbarium on the west side of the church property. People interested in having their loved ones cremains interred there should inquire at the church office.
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