After someone has died
If a loved one has died contact the church office so that one of our clergy can provide pastoral care and aid in making arrangements for a the funeral.
Near the Time of Death
When someone is approaching the time of death, the clergy should be called so that a priest may be present to minister both to the dying person and to the family. This ministry can include pastoral care, reflection, prayers, and sacraments as appropriate.
Planning the funeral
Funerals are scheduled and planned in consultation with the Calvary clergy. Do not announce a time and date for a funeral before coordinating with a member of the clergy. One of the clergy will meet with you in order to plan a service that honors the individual who has died and the grief of loved ones while proclaiming the Resurrection. It can be helpful, but is in no way required, to read the documents below as well as the liturgies Burial of the Dead: Rite I and Burial of the Dead: Rite II, (Book of Common Prayer pages 469 and 491) in preparation for planning the funeral with a member of the clergy.
Funeral Planning Worksheet
Suggestions for Music at Funerals
An Overview of Funerals at Calvary
Calvary has a columbarium with niches available for purchase. Contact the church office, (412)-661-0120, for more information.
Decisions about care at the end of life and about funeral services can be considered and addressed at any time. We encourage our members to carefully make these decisions in advance so that their loved ones are able to carry out their wishes following their death. These decisions include a review of one's finances, estate planning, preparing a will in consultation with an attorney, arranging for the care of children or other dependents, and planning one's own funeral in consultation with a member of the clergy. If you would like to do this, contact the church office to set up an appointment with one of the clergy.