What is a Funeral?
The Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship States:
At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth. At the funeral we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God. Trusting in God’s promise in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection. When the church gathers to mark the end of life, Christ crucified and risen is the witness of worship, the strength of mutual consolation, and the hope of healing. (p. 279)
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.”
-- Isaac Asimov
Frequently Asked Questions about Funerals
What do I do with the Funeral Planning Worksheet?
- Fill out as much or little as you would like
- Keep a copy at home and the church
- Share your wishes with your loved ones
- Pastor is available for help
- Not a legal binding document
- Assist the pastor and family at the time of your death
- Names your desires
- Releases family from planning during a time of grieving
- Names your desires
What is a pall?
A pall is a cloth that is draped over the casket or urn. Faith Lutheran has casket and urn palls available for use.
Meaning of a pall:
How do Lutherans regard organ donation?
- Donated organs can sustain the precious gift of life in others.
- Judeo-Christian tradition affirms that God chose to breathe the gift of life into human flesh. The bodily incarnation of God in the person of Jesus is the ultimate witness to God’s love for humankind.
- Organ donation is personal, yet can be informed by faith. There is no church law or theological reason preventing Lutheran Christians from choosing to be organ donors.
- Lutherans affirm the resurrection of the body. God’s promise to resurrect the dead is not compromised by organ donation. Almighty God, who created our bodies, has the capacity to resurrect them with or without the presence of specific organs.
How do Lutherans regard cremation?
- Lutheran teachings do not favor any particular form of burial. God’s ability to give resurrected bodies to those who bear the name of Christ cannot be hindered by any human action, including organ donation or cremation.
- Cremated remains should be treated in the same manner as a body.
- An urn receives the same ritual practices as a coffin.