Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
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“The death of a member of the church should be reported to clergy and arrangements for the funeral should be made by immediate family and close friends in consultation with the clergy. After a waiting period of three days or so, baptized Christians are properly buried from the church and the service should be held at a time when the congregation has the opportunity to be present.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 468)
Normally, the liturgy is said in the church with the committal following at the graveside. It is appropriate that there be a celebration of the Eucharist as a fitting witness of the promise of Resurrection. In the Episcopal Church, the casket is always closed before the service and, while in the church, it is covered with a pall or national flag.
Members of the congregation are encouraged to place copies of their own funeral arrangements on file in the parish office. The Prayer Book rites have a selection of psalms and readings from which to choose. A booklet entitled “From Strength to Strength” is available on request from the church office and includes guidelines and suggestions for funeral preparations, scripture readings, music etc. Hymns and other music should reflect the Resurrection theme. Clergy are available to assist with these plans.
“The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 507)