When someone we love dies, we care deeply about the disposition of the body, and we
mark the loss with great dignity and even hope – for we believe in the resurrection of Jesus, and long for the joys of
God’s heavenly kingdom.
Our pastor is honored to guide you through the planning process once death has occurred, in consultation with the funeral home of
your choice. We plan music, appropriate Scripture readings, prayers – all in an effort to bind our grieving hearts to God, and
to give the Church family our best opportunity to provide love and comfort.
Often, families and individuals plan funerals before an illness or death. This can be a fruitful time for reflection, and to
think through our faith and hope in God. Contact our minister, who will be happy to meet with you.
Do United Methodist’s Believe In Cremation?
United Methodists do not insist upon burial as the only appropriate means of committing our earthly remains to God, and so are
generally open to cremation as a viable alternative. In some places burial or entombment is simply not an option, either because of costs involved or because
of a lack of cemetery space. Ultimately, this is a decision that will be in the context of the individuals, families, and
cultural norms involved.
Do United Methodist’s Believe In Organ Donation?
United Methodists take a very proactive stand to encourage organ donation. Our Social Principles state that
“Organ transplantation and organ donation are acts of
charity, agape love, and self-sacrifice. We recognize the life-giving benefits of organ and other tissue donation and encourage all
people of faith to become organ and tissue donors as part of their love and ministry to others in need”
As a way to embody this stand in our corporate worship life,
General Conference 2000 urged all United Methodist congregations to celebrate "Organ Donation Sunday" on the second Sunday prior
to Thanksgiving week, which is recognized in interfaith circles in the U.S. as "National Donor Sabbath." (See Book of
Resolutions 2004, pp. 834-835).
Burial Garden Policy & Procedures
The New Hope United Methodist Church Burial Garden stands as a reminder to us, that those who went before us are not
forgotten and have found peace and rest with God. It is the hope of the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Council
that the Burial Garden will inspire reverence for this life and hope for the life to come.
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question about a funeral or about death and dying?