When death is imminent, it is important to notify the office or the clergy directly as soon as possible. Even if someone’s final moments on this earth may be uncertain, the clergy should be called so that comfort, prayers, and other rites can be arranged. Priests and laypeople at the Church of the Epiphany are always ready to visit or offer Holy Communion at home for anyone who is too sick to come to church.
The Church of the Epiphany uses the funeral services found in the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I, pg. 469 or Rite II, pg. 491. For more information about funeral planning, you can contact us at (818) 991-4797.
Clergy in the Episcopal Church are required to instruct “all persons to make trusts, while they are in health.” In addition to other kinds of advance directives, it is also helpful to plan one’s own funeral or the funeral of a loved one in advance. Family members and friends often find comfort in knowing that someone we love has thought about death and considered how she or he would like to be remembered. Please contact the office or the clergy if you or someone you know would like to discuss any of these matters.
The Rev. Jamie Barnett