At some point in our lives, all of us will be faced with planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one. The ministers of Eglinton St. George’s United Church are here to help you through this process. Funerals and memorial services are considered part of the ministers’ pastoral care to our congregation, and even, at times, outreach to our community.
Please contact our Pastoral Care Minister, Don Parsons at 416-481-1141 x330 to talk about planning a funeral or memorial service.
The minister will want to meet with members of the family or close friends to plan the service and gain details about the person’s life story. This meeting may take place at the church, in a family member’s home or on occasion, at the funeral home that is handling arrangements.
The service may be a funeral (which means a casket containing the person’s body is present) or a memorial service (with or without an urn with the ashes present).
A brief service of committal may also take place at the time of interment of the body or ashes at a cemetery or crematorium.
The minister will outline the service with those gathered to do the planning. It normally includes scripture readings, a short meditation, prayers, a time of remembrance about the person’s life, and often hymns. Family members or appropriate others may be asked to share remembrances or read scripture. An order of service bulletin will be prepared if desired. Greeters may be members of the church or family and friends. The funeral home will discuss pallbearers with you if there is a casket present.
Our Director of Music will play for the service, if available, and is open to finding appropriate hymns, music, soloists or instrumentalists to fit the occasion. If you would like a friend or relative to add their musical talent to the service, please feel free to discuss this our Director of Music.
The service may be held in the sanctuary (comfortable for groups of 75 to 500), in the Eglinton Room (capacity of 40-60), at the funeral home chapel or graveside. Flowers, candles, a guest book, pictures and memorabilia are welcomed. Memorial cards for donations to be made to the church in the deceased’s memory are also available. Arrangements for donations to other charities or organizations should be made through the funeral home or the organization itself.
Eglinton St. George’s is equipped with a semi-circular drop-off driveway, a gently sloped sidewalk, wheelchair-accessible doors and an elevator. We also have assistive hearing devices. If there will be people in attendance with sight problems, a large-print bulletin can be made with advance notice.
We are pleased to have receptions in our church following the service. Although we do not have people to prepare food on-site, our Funeral Coordinator will work with you to find appropriate caterers and resources. The serving of wine is allowed if a permit is obtained. We are glad to provide servers, unless you have family or friends who would like to help.
There is no fee for use of the church building for a funeral or memorial service. There will be a fee requested for the minister, director of music, funeral coordinator, as well as sound booth operator, soloist, or instrumentalist as required/requested. These may be paid on your behalf by the funeral home or the family may choose to look after these personally.
Please call our Church Administrator for information on funeral service fees at 416-481-1141 x210.
The minister will be in touch with you in the weeks and months that follow the service as you live through your grief. During the year you will be notified of a 4-week grief group program and special services of remembrance that you are encouraged to attend.