Funerals and Memorial Services at Woodside
Planning a funeral or memorial service is always a challenging task. At Woodside we are committed to make it as comfortable for you and your loved ones as possible. Our dedicated staff takes their respective ministries seriously and is prepared to extend sensitivity and compassion to you as we guide you through the process.
If you are working with a funeral home many of your questions may already be answered. If you have chosen either burial or cremation and a funeral or memorial service here, there are more decisions we must make together.
In the funeral home the most common practice is for you to set a date and time with the director, who will then call the minister to confirm her availability. Although a musician and congregational singing is usually an option, the most common practice is to use tapes and CD?s for listening and not to include corporate songs or hymns.
Once the date and time are set, the minister will call you to arrange a meeting with the family to plan the service and to hear you share stories and anecdotes about your loved one. The service is meant to be a healing time for you, as well as an opportunity to affirm the hope inherent in our faith. The minister is anxious to design worship to aid both these objectives. If you would like friends or family members to participate that is always an option. Any readings, from scripture to poems, that you choose will help personalize the service and therefore support the goals.
This is also true if you choose a worship service to be held here at Woodside Church. Usually people who have been very involved in the life of the congregation, or families who schedule a memorial service at a date more distant from the actual death, are among those who prefer a service at the church. This can take a variety of forms depending on the needs of the family. We will explore the options together and design a service to meet your needs.
Our bereavement committee is in place to help you with the social function involved at this time. Whether the service is in the funeral home or at the church, you may engage their services to prepare a meal for the family, or a reception or meal for the worshipping congregation. We maintain a fund on hand so that you are free to think about other things. You are asked to make a contribution at a later time to cover the costs.
Other costs related to the church?s part in the funeral or memorial service include a fee for the musician, our Minister of Music, Dr. Quincy Dobbs; a fee for our building host in the event that one is needed; and an honorarium for the minister. If you also want a soloist, that can be arranged with Dr. Dobbs separately. Details of these costs are listed on the back of this pamphlet.
In the first few hours after the death of a loved one, the family is often required to make as many as 100 decisions at a time when things can be chaotic and confusing. Any planning you can do in advance will make it easier for everyone in the long run. If you want to have a conversation with the minister at any time about any of these concerns, feel free to call the office to set up an appointment.
Sanctuary No Charge $225.00
Chapel No Charge $100.00
Assembly Hall (reception) No Charge $200.00
Administrative Fee $ 50.00 $ 75.00
Church Host $ 50.00 $ 50.00
Organist $200.00 $250.00
Soloist as arranged by our musician
Minister Honorarium $250.00
as you are moved
A Contribution toward the cost of the dinner is welcomed.