End of Life

End of Life

When a loved one dies, there are suddenly many details to attend to. The decisions that face those making funeral or memorial arrangements can be especially confusing and overwhelming. St. George’s can help.

Early on, please make contact with the clergy and let us help to guide you through the many options you have for honouring the wishes both of your loved one and of those who are grieving. The clergy will themselves want to honour the spiritual and liturgical practices of the Anglican Church of Canada.

If you desire, either the church or chapel can be set aside for the funeral or memorial service, along with one of our reception areas. The services of our organist are also available. There is no charge for the use of the church, but some charges may apply to the other rooms and to any personnel, such as the organist and Verger.

If a loved one has died far away and/or one is unable to attend the funeral, you can arrange a memorial service for them at St. Georges. This can be a very important step in the grieving process, even if the service is very small and private.

At the final crossroads of life, St. George’s can be there to offer guidance and support. A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.

A Celebration of Life service follows a similar form as the funeral service, the main difference being that the casket is present at a funeral service. Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.