Funerals & Memorials

Funerals and Memorial Servies at the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, Milford, CT
During Coronavirus Pandemic (Spring 2021)
Determined by Deacons and Pastors

For Christians, gathering to mourn the dead, celebrate their life and proclaim the hope of Resurrection are essential practices of our faith. During the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, our usual mourning rituals have been interrupted.

We think of those women on that first Easter, who went to follow their familiar mourning ritual to anoint Jesus's body, to find it disrupted. We remember their initial shock and confusion and feel it too. We're waiting to feel the hope of resurrection. In times of trial like the death of a loved one, we turn to the familiar practices and rituals of our faith and ancestors. And so we know that this disruption for a grieving community is doubly hard. We grieve this disruption with you.

When the pandemic began, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared a State of Emergency and set limits on gatherings that have changed over the phasing of the pandemic. In February 2021, percentage capacity limits were removed but social distance requirements are still in place, making full capacity and some events in general still impossible in our spaces.

Therefore, during this phase of Connecticut's State of Emergency, First Church Milford is limited in our funeral practices in the following ways:

Viewing/Wake: We are not able to accommodate a wake.

Graveside: A pastor is able to participate in a graveside service outdoors, with participants of different 'pods' practicing social distancing of 6 feet between one another. The graveside service can be live-streamed.

Memorial Services: First Church Milford may be able to schedule indoor funerals or memorial services in our Sanctuary but with a strict limit of people attending as well as social distancing and no singing. The services are capped at 30 minutes.

Repast/Reception: We are not able to host a reception or meal following the funeral at this time.

While we are limited in what we are able to host or participate in at this time, we are also able to plan for memorials after the pandemic has passed. We would welcome the opportunity to host a memorial service for your loved one at a later date when all can safely gather and celebrate their life.

Rev. Adam Eckhart, Senior Pastor
Rev. Ashley Grant, Associate Pastor

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The Memorial Garden of the First United Church of Christ is a place of devotion and beauty set aside for memorial services, the scattering of ashes, meditation, communion services, Bible study, and other worship services. Set in the shadow of our Woodruff Chapel, it is above all a place to honor the memory of loved ones. The Memorial Garden is governed and maintained by the Memorials Committee of First Church, and it is available to all members and past members of the Church and their families.

To speak with a minister regarding a Service of Rememberance, contact us through the Church Office.

To help you with pre-funeral planning and to understand common funeral and memorial service terms, you may download the forms below:

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