When a Christian dies, the Church normally gathers to remember that individual and to remember the promises of eternal life in the Lord. The Church may gather indoors or outdoors, formally or informally, at the Church building, or at a mortuary. A service that includes interment (the presence of the person’s remains, and their committal to a place of rest) is commonly called a “funeral.” A service that takes place without interment is commonly called a “memorial service.”
Cremation is increasingly popular as an alternative to a coffin burial in the ground. Dove of Peace has a memorial garden and columbarium where members and their families can scatter ashes or place them in a stone wall. There are modest fees charged for the use of these facilities.
Our pastor normally officiates at services for members of our congregation. In special circumstances, he may officiate at the funeral or burial of a non-member.