The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut


The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the minister of the local congregation. Click here to find your local church 

Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has opportunity to be present. If necessary, or if desired, all or part of the service of Committal may be said in the church. If preferred, the Committal service may take place before the service in the church. It may also be used prior to cremation.

 A priest normally presides at the service. It is appropriate that the bishop, when present, preside at the Eucharist and pronounce the Commendation. It is desirable that the Lesson from the Old Testament, and the Epistle, be read by lay persons. When the services of a priest cannot be obtained, a deacon or lay reader may preside at the service. It is customary that the celebrant meet the body and go before it into the church or towards the grave.

-taken from The Book of Common Prayer