Memorial Services – Celebrations of Life
Memorial services in the Unitarian Universalist tradition allow us to celebrate the life of the person who has died. With music, eulogies, and readings that evoke the person’s presence, personality and ideas, we remember well, and hold and comfort one another in our grief.
Our minister (or another clergy, as arranged) meets with the family, and, based on memories they share, usually offers the eulogy. Family members or loved ones may also choose to share memories or reflections about the person who has died. In most Unitarian Universalist memorial services, the casket is not present in the church during the service – but this is an option the family may choose. Often families hold a reception following the service in our Dining Room, and our Fellowship team is often available to support these efforts.
There is no charge for the minister or for building use when the person who has died was an active member of the congregation. Non-members would pay a minister’s fee and for the use of the facilities. The minister may also be available for memorial services held at other locations and for interments.
Please call the church office for more information regarding memorial services. Our administrator will contact the minister.
Excerpt from a UU Celebration of Life
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow. I am in the gently falling snow.
I am in the gentle showers of rain.
I am in a field of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush.
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight. I am in the star shine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom
I am in the quiet room.
I am the birds that sing
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there
I do not sleep.