The passing of a loved one can be one of the most stressful and emotional occurrences that a person can face. When a loved one passes on, there are many important decisions that must be made, documents to be located, and numerous persons and institutions who must be notified. No one wants to think about a death occurring within his or her own family or to prepare in advance for the array of decisions necessary upon the occasion. The shock and complex emotions at the time will make it difficult to think clearly. It's our belief that the church has a responsibility to encourage open and frank discussion of planning for the event within the context of our Christian community.
Upon the passing of a member or a friend of the church, a representative of the Pastoral Staff will be available to visit with and counsel with the members of the bereaved family. Part of the counseling involves discussion of the type of memorial or funeral service the family wishes to have. The Pastor or other staff representative will make clear the various options available to the family.
It's the church’s responsibility to help the family sort through their emotions and feelings and to arrive at a decision about the funeral or memorial service that best meets their spiritual and psychological needs. There are some basic guidelines, however. For example, any service held in the church sanctuary may not have the casket present. A graveside service, either private or public, can be combined with the funeral or memorial service.
For more information about memorial services through WVPC please download and review the files below, then send an inquiry using the form below or call the church office at (408) 252-1365.