Funerals

As Christians, we live in the hope and reality that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ – nothing in life; nothing in death. Still, one of the hardest things we face in this life is the death of a loved one.

The clergy, staff and people of All Saints’ Church offer their caring support and expertise to individuals and families through those first difficult days. This care begins with the planning of the funeral to celebrate the life of your loved one, while still leaving space for grief and sorrow. We believe that all people are a gift from our Creator, and all people are received into the arms of our loving God when they die.

At the Time of Death

Prior to or at the time of death, please notify one of the clergy at home or at the church office (404-881-0835). The priest will meet with you to assist with funeral arrangements and to provide counsel and support.

About the Funeral Liturgy

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.

The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that ‘neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 507)

The All Saints’ Cemetery

The All Saints' CemeteryThe All Saints’ Cemetery is a place of tranquility, peace, and natural beauty in the midst of our midtown urban setting. It is a sacred space for the burial of the ash remains of All Saints’ parishioners and their families.

The cemetery is located along the north wall of the church. The names of the deceased, with the dates of birth and death, are listed on an individual cast bronze nameplate on a bronze plaque mounted on the wall of the church building. The All Saints’ Cemetery is administered by the Cemetery Committee.

If you would like more information about purchasing a plot, please contact Pat Kiley.
Click here to see out All Saints’ Cemetery brochure.

Funeral Receptions

Funeral receptions are usually held in either the library or in Ellis Hall. The Guild of the Good Shepherd provides a ministry of hospitality to the family and friends of the bereaved in the form of receptions with simple refreshments. Receptions may be held either before or immediately following the funeral.

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