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At a difficult time such as this, it is hard to even think about details, and so the following information may make planning manageable.

Who to advise?
Call the church at 250-247-8633 and leave a message and/or send an e-mail to the Church Office to set up a personal or phone meeting.

Planning the service.
A funeral or memorial service is our opportunity to both remember and honour the person. It is also our way of gathering with family and friends to support one another and to bring our loss before the Creator of Life, for blessings.

Firstly, the priest will want to meet with you to offer you and your family comfort and care. Your sharing of who your loved one was will be most important to prepare a meaningful service. What were their interests; what will people remember about them; what were they most thankful for in their life; what simply must be said about them ... all this makes their memorial or funeral a celebration of their life.

Is there some piece of scripture that was a favourite of your loved one or an appropriate passage of writing? The priest will also be able to help select a reading that offers comfort.

Feel free to invite whoever might want to say a word, or share a story or poem to be included in the service. 

Flowers do add a lot to the atmosphere and can be brought in either just before the service or ahead of time if you arrange for a key. Donations in lieu of flowers, either to a charity of your choice or your church are always appreciated. 

If you have not thought of music selection, our priest and musicians can offer suggestions.

If you have a clergy friend who would like to share in the service, please speak to the priest of our church for arrangements and her/his agreement to this.

Do you want a funeral service? Our priest or the memorial society of your choice can help.
(For example: legalities and paperwork; if you want the casket placed in the church; if you want a graveside ceremony; what flowers and music to choose; if you want a reception at the church following the ceremony; food; costs; displaying a photo board/memorabilia of your loved one.)

Do you want a memorial/celebration of life service? Here is what needs consideration.
(For example: If you want the urn in the sanctuary; legalities and paperwork; if you want a graveside ceremony; what flowers and music to choose; if you want a reception at the church following the ceremony; food; costs; displaying a photo board/memorabilia of your loved one.)

Costs
There is no charge for St Martin of Tours Church members or adherents for priests or the use of the church, hall and kitchen. However, families often make a donation to the church in memoriam.

Priest. Please discuss this with the priest. Fees vary depending on the elements you wish to incorporate into the service.

Musician. The church can put you in contact with a number of local musicians with whom you can discuss a fee. You may have your own friends and family members provide the music. Please discuss your selections with the priest.

Reception.  If you would like to have a reception in Hall following the service, please mention this to the priest who will put you in touch with the person responsible. There is usually a cost per person involved and this will vary depending on what you would like to have served. You may also bring in your own food and have access to the kitchen.

  
Now may the God of Grace embrace you in
love
support, comfort, and strengthen you.

 
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