planning a service for your loved one
when a loved one is ill
If there is a serious illness in the family, by all means contact us. Our Minister is available to visit and pray with your family and your loved one at home, hospital or hospice.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a long and complex process. There are resources in the church and in the community to support you in that journey. In the weeks and months after the death, the Minister and the Congregational Care Team are available for you to call on. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
about the service
Whether you call it a funeral, memorial, or celebration of life, the service is ultimately about making space to mourn and celebrate. It’s about mourning the loss of a loved one and being able to name and express our grief and love; and it’s about celebrating their life and being able to give thanks for all they brought into our lives and the world.
There is no right or wrong way to hold a service. Our job is to help you create a service that is emotionally and spiritually meaningful, and that will allow you to both mourn and celebrate.
planning the service
The church that has been the regular place of worship for a family is usually considered the best place to hold this service. For some families, the Funeral Home Chapel is better suited to their needs. While a variety of factors will come into play, we recommend holding a memorial service in the early days or weeks of the death. We will work with you to develop a date that works best.
Services at Red Deer Lake United Church are usually led by our Minister. The service will usually include some words of tribute given by friends or family members, favorite passages of scripture, a homily, as well as meaningful music. We will also work with you to tailor the service to your vision and requests.
In addition to the Words of Tribute, families may also choose to prepare a video or slide show as a part of the service.
Our goal is to allow you to come the day of the service and not worry about anything.
the funeral home
Funeral homes can provide much-needed comfort and assistance when a loved one dies. Their staff can walk you through some of the important decisions you will need to make. We suggest contacting the funeral home of your choice. We are happy to help you navigate through the many options available as you identify your needs.
If you want to hold the service at the church and have a reception afterwards, our Reception Coordinators are here to help. This will be discussed at one of the meetings we will have with you as we plan the service.
flowers and memorial gifts
Floral tributes are often a fitting way to honour a life that has passed and to express care for the family. After a service, families will often take flowers to the hospital, hospice or nursing home which provided care for their loved one. Flowers left in the church will adorn the sanctuary for our Sunday Service.
There is also the option of a memorial gift which furthers the work of this church in the name of your loved one.
Another alternative for those who are cremated is available at Red Deer Lake United Church. The grounds of Red Deer Lake United Church include a beautiful Memorial Garden which is a place to return cremated remains to the earth. Those whose remains are in the garden will have a Memorial plaque placed on the wall of the garden and a page added to the Memorial Garden book.
The minister is available to preside at an interment service at the cemetery for the burial of a casket, urn or ashes. Most often this occurs on the same day or next day of the funeral or memorial service.
The Church Administrator will discuss the fees specific to your funeral or memorial service. All may be looked after in one cheque made payable to Red Deer Lake United Church. Prices are subject to change.
Please complete the form below if you would like to make arrangements for a funeral or memorial service at Red Deer Lake United Church.