To arrange a funeral, family members should contact the church as soon as possible after a death. The clergy will arrange a meeting with the family to plan the service.
In the Episcopal Church, the service for the Burial of the Dead offers both comfort and joy, empathy and hope. Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers with Holy Eucharist, all acknowledge the mourning of those who are left behind, thanksgiving for the life of the person who has died, and celebration of the great gift of new life even in the face of death, won first by our Savior, Jesus Christ, and still experienced by the faithful today.
- Funerals at SsAM Handbook 2021 [CLICK HERE] with answers to frequently asked questions, outline of the service with suggested readings from the Bible and suggested music, liturgical decisions to be made, fees, and a sample service leaflet.
- For additional information or to make arrangements for a funeral, please call the church office at (302) 656-6628.
Garden of Praise
The Garden of Praise is a wooded alcove between the church and 8th Street. It is a place of prayer and reflection. It is also a place for the burial of ashes and for burial services. PHOTO: May 2021 cleanup by the Men’s Fellowship Ministry.
The Garden of Praise is available free of charge to members of SsAM for the burial of ashes. Special biodegradable containers must be used. Although the graves are not marked, the name of each person whose remains are buried in the Garden is placed on a bronze tablet which is prominently displayed in the garden. While the Garden is free of charge to members, a donation for Garden maintenance is requested and there is a fee for engraving names on the bronze tablet. The Rector may, for pastoral considerations, authorize other burials in the Garden.
Map of Garden of Praise as of April, 2021. Click the map to see it larger in a new window.