When a loved one passes away, it is common to celebrate their life on earth, remembering the good times as well as the rough times for God is with us in all times.
Grand Valley United Methodist Church is available to commemorate and remember your loved ones. With a “Celebration of Life,” you can design a ceremony that may include music, scripture, pomes, picture and or video presentations as well as a time for people to share stories about the one being honored.
A celebration of life can be more traditional in nature, with organ music, the casket in the sanctuary for viewing, and with refreshments following in our fellowship area. Or the casket can be replaced with a picture of the deceased, an urn of ashes, or a table of memorabilia from the deceased person’s life.
The emphasis for a celebration of life usually centers on 2 ideas (1) what the deceased would have liked and (2) what is most meaningful to those who attend the ceremony.
A celebration of life is a time of mourning, grieving, healing, crying, and laughing. Our goal is to help make this a special time for the family and friends of those who’s life we celebrate.
The cost of a Celebration of Life varies depending on the space being used, the length of the celebration, the type of music used, and the involvement of the Pastor and church staff. A basic funeral service fee begins at $100 for the minister’s time and costs increase as various elements are added.
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, New International Version