Liturgy of the Dead.
The liturgy of the dead is an Easter liturgy. Its full meaning is found in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead we will also be raised. The liturgy is therefore characterized by joy, yet it does not make human pain non-Christian. The same love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sadness when we say goodbye to death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that the people we love have come into the close presence of our Lord, we stand in solidarity with those who mourn him. - The Book of Common Prayer pg. 507
Death is a part of life; Conscious Christians recognize this and prepare for it. Planning ahead allows family and friends to cope with grief at the time of a loved one's death and lighten the burden of the many details to come.
Christian burial is marked by three characteristics. The first is an act of worship that we glorify God for the gift of eternal life of Jesus Christ. The second is a time when the members of the Body of Christ come together to comfort one another, and to offer the mutual guarantee of God's permanent love. And third, it is a celebration liturgy for which we give thanks for a deceased loved one who will be in the presence of Almighty God.
The funeral is an act of corporate worship rather than a private affair. It is a time to celebrate, commemorate and give thanks for the lives of the deceased. A funeral is an appropriate setting in a church for a service of the Holy Eucharist.
Parish clergy consider death and funerals an important part of their pastoral service. The Christian funeral usually includes two or three readings from the Old Testament, the epistle, or the Gospels. The Bible readings speak of God's care and the hope of eternal life.
Our church has a columbarium to contain the cremated ashes of the deceased marked with a commemorative plaque, located within the sanctuary in the chapel.