The memorial service conducted by our minister is designed as a celebration of the life of the departed loved one. The ceremony is also an important element in the process of healing for those surviving the death of the loved one. To these ends, the ceremony is structured to recognize the contributions of the departed as well as offer an opportunity for the sharing of thoughts by the congregation.
The minister will meet with the family to decide upon how the ceremony should be conducted. During that meeting, the family will be encouraged to share anecdotes that might illuminate for the minister the life and personality of the departed. Based upon these comments and the family’s stated desires, the minister will construct and conduct the ceremony appropriately.
Music may be provided by live or recorded music. Readings may be offered that might either illustrate the life or personality of the departed or represent a favorite passage of the departed. Usually, the minister will offer an opening prayer and thoughts, a brief view of the life of the departed as well as any meaningful anecdotes shared by the family. Often the ceremony is structured with time given for members of the congregation to offer their thoughts, anecdotes or feelings for the departed. Closing thoughts or a closing passage will be followed by a closing prayer. The time for the ceremony is usually between thirty minutes and an hour, depending upon the time allotted to the sharing of thoughts by the congregation.
The cost of memorial services using Living Water Unity’s facility is $300 including both the minister’s honorarium and the space rental. Services held elsewhere are charged $175 for the minister’s honorarium plus $15 for each 15 minutes of commuting time from the church’s location or the minister’s home (whichever is closer) to the location of the service. If the commuting time is less than 15 minutes, no commuting time costs are charged. Members of the Living Water Spiritual Community are provided this service on a love offering basis.
The consecration and spreading of ashes, requiring less preparation time for the minister, is charged at $125 for the minister’s honorarium plus $15 for each 15 minutes of commuting time from the church’s location or the minister’s home (whichever is closer) to the location of the service. If the commuting time is less than 15 minutes, no commuting time costs are charged.