To live in the hearts of others is never to die.” Let us, together, create a service to write memories on the heart.

Designing a funeral or memorial service to honor the life of someone you love can sometimes be a challenge. This is especially true in today’s world when family members may have different religious traditions and beliefs, which is the perfect reason to turn for support from a liberal minister to help guide you.

Pastor Lee Richards

Pastor Lee Richards

General Information

A Unitarian Universalist funeral or memorial service offers a personalized ceremony to honor a person’s life journey. At the same time, the power of well-spoken words can help heal the grief of those left behind. There is no set liturgy or format but rather each ceremony is a creation developed by the survivors and the minister together, using elements which are meaningful to those involved. The result is an honoring and celebrating of the deceased’s life, and the blessing of what it is that gives meaning and substance to our lives going forward. You need not be a member of a Unitarian Universalist church or fellowship in order to be honored in a UU ceremony.

Unitarian Universalism places great emphasis on individual freedom of belief. A UU funeral or memorial service ceremony is based on the personal needs of the participants rather than on institutional forms. Inclusiveness is highly valued and UU ceremonies strive to honor different religious backgrounds and cultural traditions. Ceremonies can be designed for Christians, Humanists, Atheists, Pagans, LGBT, and others – the emphasis being to create a service that is meaningful for you, your family, and friends.

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