Customary for Funerals and Burials
Expenses associated with funeral/burial at Holy Trinity
Purchase of cemetery lot
Purchase and recordation of cemetery lots and columbarium spaces shall be according to the protocols of the cemetery committee. Cost of lot shall be as proposed by the committee and approved by the Vestry. Current prices are
coffin burial, single plot (3.3 x 9 ft.) $1000
coffin burial, larger plots proportional pricing
in-ground columbarium $200 (accommodates two) $ 200
columbarium niche, north side (larger niches) $1000
columbarium niche, south side (smaller niches) $ 500
Opening and filling grave
Cost of opening and filling the grave shall be according to the prices and protocols of the contractor currently used by the attending funeral home. The church does not provide this service.
Tombstones and other monuments
Purchase and setting of tombstones and other monuments shall be according to the protocols of the cemetery committee and shall be done by vendors/contractors approved by the committee. The cemetery committee must approve the design of all tombstones, plaques and monuments.
Charges payable to the church
(1) Burial service, graveside only
There shall be no charge for a graveside service for an active baptized member of Holy Trinity (note: “active baptized member” is defined in the Canons of the Episcopal Church as a person whose baptism is recorded in the Register of this parish, and who has attended services or contributed financially at least once in the past year; active baptized members include those who receive communion from a Holy Trinity LEM or priest while homebound or in a residential facility).
There shall be a charge of $100, payable to the church, for a graveside service if the deceased was not an active baptized member of the parish. This charge may be waived by the Rector based on deceased’s relationship to a current active baptized member.
(2) Funeral service, use of church
There shall be no charge for use of the church for the funeral of an active baptized member of the parish. The officiant at such a funeral shall be the Rector of Holy Trinity or his/her designee.
If the deceased was not an active baptized member of the parish, the fee for use of the church for the funeral shall be $500 (this includes the graveside Committal). This fee may be waived or modified by the Rector based on deceased’s relationship to a current active baptized member.
Charges payable to the clergy
(1) Burial service or funeral service for active baptized member of the parish
No clergy fee shall be charged for a burial or funeral service for any active baptized member of the parish. Some families give a monetary gift to the officiating clergy member.
(2) Burial service or funeral service for deceased who was not an active baptized member of the parish
The expected clergy fee for a funeral service is $150-200 ($50 for a graveside-only service). This fee may be waived or modified by the Rector based on deceased’s relationship to a current active baptized member.
(3) Use of clergy other than Holy Trinity parish priests
Clergy from any mainstream denomination may conduct graveside services or full funerals at Holy Trinity. In such cases, clergy fees are negotiated directly with the officiant. However, the Rector of Holy Trinity must approve the clergy member who will conduct the service, prior to the scheduling of the church and/or cemetery. If the church building is used for a funeral conducted by outside clergy, a member of the vestry or a member of the altar guild shall be present throughout the service and shall lock up afterward.
If there is to be music at the funeral, the organist’s fee of $200 must be paid directly to the organist. If there will be soloists who need to be rehearsed before the funeral, the organist may charge an additional fee for rehearsal time.
Planning your funeral in collaboration with your priest
This form is optional but provides a useful guide.
(It is suggested that you file copies of this form with the church, your attorney, and your next of kin.)
full name of person to be buried
date of birth place of birth
preferred funeral home
pre-arranged at funeral home? ___ yes ___ no
cremation or casket burial? ___ cremation ___ casket burial
service in church or at funeral home? ___ church ___ funeral home
if church, include Holy Eucharist? ___ yes ___ no
choice of readings (see BCP pages 494-495 for suggested readings)
remembrancer? if so, who _______________________
(If a family remembrance will be included in the service, one person should be chosen to speak it; others can contribute to its writing. It is preferable that the text of the remembrance be in writing so that if the person speaking it should break down, the priest can finish reading it.)
if church, choice of hymns
(Suitable hymns include 358, 493, 555, 590, 645, 671, 662, and 688)
who is empowered by your medical power of attorney, advance directive, or living will?
contact information for living relatives (parents, spouse, siblings, children) – list in full on back of page
last will and testament? ____________________________________________________
provision for family
bequest for the mission and ministry of the church
if veteran, branch of service, rank, and years served _____________________________
memorials to: ___church ___ other charity (which?)
____________________________Name _________________ Date
____________________________ Rector __________________ Date
The Book of Common Prayer directs all priests to instruct the people of their congregations about the stewardship of our bodies and of our possessions upon our death. It is our Christian responsibility to make prudent provision for the well-being of our families, to make wills while we are in health, and to arrange for burial and the disposal of our worldly goods. We encourage you not to neglect bequests for religious and charitable use.
This form is not intended to be a legally binding contract. It is intended to assist your survivors and the church in the care of your body and your possessions at the time of your death. The church will keep a copy on file, and we encourage you to make copies for your family members and others who may need them.