Funeral Planning


The Congregational Care Team serves our faith community in a number of ways, not the least of which is care before, during, and after the loss of a loved one. We hope that the information contained here will provide you with a path to guide you during this significant time.

The inherent belief in the risen Christ is the cornerstone of a United Methodist service (either a funeral or memorial). Christ is our hope for eternal life and we offer this hope to the surviving family and friends that their beloved is now in God’s eternal charge.

Planning a service can be a blessing to those in grief. A time to laugh and to cry as the stories are shared and retold. It is our pleasure to help you and your family.

For questions regarding Funeral or Memorial planning please call Pastor David Israel at 636-821-2800 or email at

To volunteer for the Memorial Team that provides meals for funeral/memorial receptions, please call Amanda Braun, Administrative Assistant, at 636-821-2800 or email at



In the first days following a loved one’s death, the family makes an average of 200 decisions.  During such an emotional, stressful, and demanding time, plans that have been made earlier lighten the load after the death.  If you’ve not made advance plans, this guide will be helpful to you as you make arrangements for services and burial for you or your loved one.

Below are links to two documents available for download. 

The first document is a guide with explanations to common questions that arise when planning a funeral service. 

The second document is a fillable worksheet to add specifics regarding your own funeral or that of a loved one.

Once you download this document and complete it, it is highly recommended to share this with a family member or friend and with Living Word Church so that it can be held in safekeeping for the future.  Simply email your completed worksheet to Amanda Braun, Administrative Assistant, at

 If you have any questions, Pastor David Israel and the staff are here to help you.