Celebration of A Life (Funeral)

Celebration of A Life (Funeral and/or Memorial Services)

Please contact the Rev Eileen O’Reilly at 513-373-5888 as soon as possible to make the necessary time arrangements for the celebration of life. You may call (anytime) and you may have the funeral home call as well. For your convenience, information on choices you will be asked to make is below.

We know this is a difficult time and we will do everything possible to meet your needs. It is our deepest belief that in death, we celebrate life. While you mourn at the loss you have just suffered, your loved one is in that place which we all seek, with God, no longer in pain, no longer suffering, no more tears, only joy. We want this service to truly be a celebration of life and an expresson of the meaning this loved one held in your life and in the life of your family.

It is customary for the celebration of a life to be held in the church, however if preferred, arrangements can be made to hold the celebration of a life in a funeral home or at the cemetary. Holy Communion is recommended, but optional.

A service booklet will be created by the church for the service.

Burial customarily follows the celebration of a life, however circumstances may or may not allow for this in which case burial arrangements can be scheduled for a later date.

If you should choose cremation, All Saints has a Memorial Garden into which ashes may be placed. A memorial plaque for those ashes in the Garden is then affixed to the wall of the church, as a permanent public record.

The Service Itself

  • Organ music and/or a soloist are available on request.
  • You may choose members of the family or friends to read 
  • We will need the first names of the immediate family including spouses and children
  • Possible hymn choices. 
    1. For All The Saints
    2. Amazing Grace
    3. O God Our Help in Ages Past
    4. Lord of All Hopefulness
    5. Love divine, all love excelling
    6. I want to walk as a child of the light
    7. Come thou fount of every blessing
    8. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
    9. The King of love my Shepherd Is
    10. The day thou gavest Lord is ended
  • Scripture is a part of the service. The following are possible scripture choices. You will need at least two (2) scripture readings and two (2) Psalms. If holy communion is to be part of the funeral one of your scripture choices must come from the Gospel column.

Old Testament

    1. Isaiah 25:6-9 (He will swallow up death forever)
    2. Isaiah 61:1-3 (To comfort all that mourn)
    3. Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33 (The Lord is good to those that wait for him)
    4. Wisdom 3:1-5,9 (The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God)
    5. Job 19:21-27a  (I know that my Redeemer lives)
Psalms
    1. Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
    2. Psalm 27 (The Lord is my light and my salvation)
    3. Psalm 42 (As the heart desires, so my soul longs for you, O God)
    4. Psalm 46 (God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble)
    5. Psalm 90 (Lord, thou has been our refuge, from one generation to another)
    6. Psalm 106 (O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious)
    7. Psalm 116 (My delight is in the Lord because he has heard the voice of my prayer)
    8. Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence comes my help?)
    9. Psalm 130 (Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord, Lord hear my voice)
    10. Psalm 139 (O Lord, thou has searched me out, and known me)
New Testament
    1. Romans 8:14-19,34-35,37-39 (The glory that shall be revealed)
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 35-38, 42-44, 53-58 (The imperishable body)
    3. 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:19 (Things that are unseen are eternal)
    4. 1 John 3:1-2 (We shall be like him)
    5. Revelation 7:9-17 (God shall wipe away every tear)
    6. Revelation 21:2-7 (Behold, I make all things new) 
The Gospel
    1. John 5:24-27 (He who believes has everlasting life)
    2. John 6:37-40 (All that the Father gives me will come to me)
    3. John 10:11-16 (I am the good shepherd)
    4. John 11:21-27 (I am the resurrection and the life)
    5. John 14:1-6 (In my Father's house are many rooms) 
 
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