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Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith, we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God.

-The Methodist Worship Book, England

A worship service following the death of a loved one does at least two things: it enables us to face the reality of our mortality and comforts us in the celebration of another reality -- life after death in God. As one of our creeds declares: “In life, in death, in life beyond death, we are not alone. Thanks be to God!”

A service where the body of the deceased is present is called a funeral; a memorial service is appropriate when the body of the deceased is not present. (Interment follows the funeral service; in the case of a memorial service, interment occurs prior to the service. Interment can be before or after the memorial service.) Most of the services at Highland Park United Methodist Church are called A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance.

It is the commitment of the clergy and music leadership of Highland Park United Methodist Church to claim and present a properly balanced and theologically sound experience for all who seek God through worship at the time of death. To this end, the following are guidelines and suggestions, many borne of experience in the life and ministry of your church home, that we purpose to assist those who mourn, and those who look to tomorrow. 

Memorial and Funeral Guidelines