Funerals and Memorials

Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church is committed to respectful and joyous celebrations of the lives of those who have died. We are available to conduct funerals and memorial services for anyone upon request. At the time of death, parishioners should contact the Rector immediately and before any funeral arrangements have been made. The deceased need not have been a member of the parish or, for that matter, even a Christian. If a funeral, we accommodate either ashes or a casket; if a memorial service, of course neither ashes nor casket will be present.

Our services are conducted in accordance with the Episcopal Church's 1979 Book of Common Prayer. While it is customary to have a Eucharist with Holy Communion, especially for active parishioners, the Burial Office can be used instead. Family will be invited to choose the Bible readings from those appointed for use at funerals, and where possible, to read them during the service. Readings and other arrangements are made in consultation with the Rector or the clergy assigned by the Rector. The final decision regarding all matters pertaining to funerals and memorials conducted by clergy of Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church must be approved by the Rector.

It is the long-standing custom of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, observed at Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, that the casket, when present, is closed before the funeral begins and is not opened thereafter. At the discretion of the Rector and the availability of the space, the church may be used for a wake before the funeral (usually the day before and/or the morning of).

Some fees are charged for various services. Contact the parish office (973-678-1160) for more information.