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Funerals and Burials during Social Distancing

  • The Rev. Grady "Buddy" Crawford
  • Jun 16, 2020
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Over the past several weeks I have received several calls regarding how we can conduct funerals and burials at this time. As many of you know, our bishop has asked that we follow the guidelines of the CDC and other state and health officials. With the church still closed for public services of all types, this has presented some challenges. However, despite these challenges we are continuing to try to meet the needs of our parish family as best we can.

For now, we can gather with ten people present for a graveside service. We have crafted a liturgy that combines portions of the burial office we use at the church, along with the commendation and committal. This means we begin with the opening anthems and prayer, read one or more selections of scripture, offer a reflection, say our prayers, and inter the body or ashes. Having just officiated one of these services I can tell you that it was a beautiful and Spirit-filled time with the family.

There is also the opportunity to gather in the future for a memorial service when the community is again allowed to enter the church. For those who have planned for cremation, the family may wait to hold the service at a later time. I speak for all our clergy to assure you that we are willing to accommodate your needs as best we can during this pandemic.

If you would like information on pre-planning a funeral service, please contact Melody McNeil to receive a packet in the mail. The packet contains material about service options, scripture readings, hymns, and information regarding purchasing space in the Memorial Garden or Columbarium. You may contact Melody at or 404-751-2908. And if you would like to speak to Bill, Kenya, or me about your service, please call or email to set up a time for a call.

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