Funeral Order

Outline of a "Church" Funeral Service

1. Prelude —

The Organist normally selects music to be played while people gather.


2. Welcome & Opening Remarks


3. First Hymn

(Not sure what hymns to choose for the funeral service? Here you will find a helpful selection of appropriate hymns.)


4. Prayer


5. Bible Readings -

Two Bible readings will normally be read (the 1st reading will normally be taken from the Old Testament, followed by a New Testament Bible reading.)


6. Family Eulogy -

The Minister or a family member will share a family tribute, telling the “story” of the person’s life in a way that gives tribute to the person.


7. Funeral Message —

A short reflection offering comfort.


8. Closing prayer —

Giving thanks in prayer for our Loved One.


9. Closing hymn

(Not sure what hymns to choose for the funeral service? Here you will find a helpful selection of appropriate hymns.)


10. Benediction -

A blessing pronounced on all who have gathered.


11. Dismissal —

The Organist will select appropriate music as people leave the Church.



For A Crematorium Service


The Crematorium Service normally follows the same "order" as a Church Service. The only difference will be at the "Benediction" (see No.10). At a Crematorium Service the guests are asked to remain standing after the closing hymn for the "Words of Committal", which will then be followed by the "Benediction & Dismissal".