Funeral Services


As a part of Congregational Care, the Bereavement Ministry’s desire is to provide assistance, whether you are facing the death of a loved one or death comes unexpectedly. It is with this goal in mind that we have provided the following information to ease the stress of a most stressful time. If the opportunity presents itself, much of this can be accomplished more easily through talks with that loved one that is nearing death. If that is impossible, this information will still provide guidelines as you plan to honor and celebrate the life of that special person. Plan ahead as much as possible by gathering favorite hymns, scripture(s), and type of service desired by the loved one. Upon the death of your loved one contact a professional funeral service provider and contact the SMNL Congregational Care Ministry Team at 410.243.0378.

Planning the Service

Determine the type of service:
  • Traditional funeral with casket and graveside service.
  • Memorial service.
  • Graveside service only.
  • Graveside service prior to memorial service.
Determine date, time and place of service. Scheduling memorials/funerals at St. Matthew’s New Life UMC will be schedule based on activities on the church calendar and available clergy and staff.   Meet with officiating minister and Bereavement Ministry member to discuss order of service, songs and scripture selected, etc. Decide whether flowers, a memorial gift, or a charitable donation is preferred. Determine if a video slide presentation will a part of the service. Please limit to no longer than five minutes. Gather memorabilia and guest book. Determine if refreshments are to be served following the service. If so, a reception will be provided by the church for up to 100 persons. Honorariums are appreciated for musicians, soloists, accompanists, and officiating pastor(s). As you are adjusting to a new way of life without your loved one, we are here to help. Please allow us to comfort you during your time of pain with the help membership care team members.  

Below are PDF documents to help in the funeral planing process: