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Funerals + Memorial Services

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church hosts funerals, memorial services and committal services for church members, immediate family and friends of our faith community.

These services praise God for the gift of life, witness to our trust in God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ, remember and celebrate the life of the departed, and minister to the bereaved.

Arranging a Funeral, Memorial Service or Committal Service

A funeral takes place within days following death, with a closed casket or urn present. A memorial service, in which remains are not present, may take place at any time suitable for the bereaved. A committal service takes place at a cemetery or columbarium, and may follow a funeral or take place separately.

Depending on which clergy are available, you may choose the pastor to conduct the service. The pastor will arrange a meeting for family and friends to discuss the outline of the service, and select Scriptures, hymns and additional music, as well as participants. This will be an opportunity for the bereaved to share memories and pray over how best to honor and celebrate the life of the departed.

For more information, and an end-of-life planning form, download Witness to the Resurrection: Planning a Funeral, Memorial Service or Committal Service. This document also contains suggested Scripture and music for end-of-life services.

Please notify the Office of Congregational Care and Outreach to schedule a day, time and place for the service (whether at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, a funeral home or cemetery).