We believe that Christians do not die, but enter into everlasting life. While we mourn the end of their time on earth, we celebrate the mystery of the resurrection.
A service including words of comfort and reminders of the hope of resurrection is held for the dead. Holy Communion is often included in the burial service to remind us of our union with all the saints, both living and dead, who comprise the Church universal. The body may or may not be present, depending on the deceased’s or family’s wishes. Oftentimes there is a brief graveside service delivered by a priest.
When the death of a member of St. Mark’s parish occurs, the church office should be notified as soon as possible so that arrangements for a funeral or memorial service can be made in consultation with St. Mark’s clergy.
For those who wish, we have a columbarium for the internment of ashes in St. Mark’s.