As Christians, we grieve as those who have a unique hope in the Risen Christ, thus empowering us to mark the occasion of death as a time in which the hope of the Gospel is reaffirmed. The United Methodist “Service of Death and Resurrection” acknowledges our loss, proclaims this hope, and offers us sacred ritual that can be a great source of healing.
Planning the details of a worship service (and a funeral is a worship service!) and other tasks in the midst of grief can be overwhelming. Yet a properly planned service honors the decedent’s memory, reduces stress and strain on the family, and most of all glorifies God. So TUMC has adopted this policy in hopes of providing reminders of all the necessary details and ease in planning. It is a user friendly document for use in planning after the death of a loved one or in advance for thinking about how you might wish to be honored when the time comes.