“Give rest, O Christ, to thy servants with thy saints…” (BCP 482)
Services for the dead derive their power and meaning from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ’s victory over death, we also share in the “sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life.” However, the love we bear for our deceased friends and family members means that the feelings of sorrow and grief that we experience at their passing are real and powerful. The parish community mourns with those who are mourning, even as we celebrate the lives of those who died “in joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love.”
The Church offers ministries of support and care for those near death and for their families. The death of any member of the congregation should be reported as soon as possible to the parish clergy so that funeral arrangements can be made. Parishioners of Christ Church Greenwich are encouraged to plan thoughtfully and prayerfully for their own mortality, making consideration for pious and charitable causes in the management of their affairs.
Parishioners who wish to prepare a funeral plan to be kept on file at the Parish Office should contact Jean Tredinnick to set up a meeting with a member of the clergy staff,203.869.6600, x-13.
Those who wish to remember Christ Church Greenwich in their wills, or who would like information about the Arbor Society, Christ Church Greenwich’s legacy gift program, are invited to contact Gervais Hearn, Director, Parish Development, 203.869.6600, x-52.