St. Francis in the Fields is honored to help families both mourn the loss of loved ones and celebrate the eternal life they've been given in Christ. As our Book of Common Prayer says, "Even at the grave we make our song, 'Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!'"
Christian burial is a sacred liturgy in which we give thanks to God for the gift of life itself, for the life of someone we have known and loved, and for the hope of the resurrection given to us in Baptism.
During the time of serious illness, the clergy of St. Francis in the Fields should be called upon to offer prayers and comfort. At the time of death, your family should notify St. Francis in the Fields as soon as possible so that we can assist them. Arrangements for the funeral will then be made in consultation with one of our clergy. They are available to help your family through each step they need to take, including accompanying them in meeting with the funeral home.
The Anglican tradition is that every baptized Christian is most appropriately buried from the church. The coffin is not opened in the church. It is our tradition that the coffin or container holding the ashes is covered by a pall, a cloth similar to the altar hangings, supplied by St. Francis in the Fields rather than elaborate floral displays or blankets. Our belief is that this custom symbolizes our equality before God and offers each person equal dignity.