The end of our physical life in death is a reality we all must face. Our hope in everlasting life is based on our trust in Jesus’ resurrection and the words, “nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” Please contact our clergy as soon as possible in times of sickness or death of a loved one. We want to be present for you whenever you face loss or grief. If you need to reach a priest after office hours, call their cell phone. A columbarium provides niches for interment of ashes at Grace-St. Luke’s. For more information about the columbarium, please contact Linda Stine at linda [at] gracestlukes [dot] org or 272-7425, ext. 217.

PLANNING A GRACEFUL EXIT

We make dinner plans. We make vacation plans. We make college, wedding, and house plans. We try to plan for the best life possible. Yet, despite our penchant for planning, we put off contemplating the final chapters of our lives – the plans that will allow us to live well until the end of life, with peace of mind and without crisis.

While it can be difficult to think of the end of our lives when we’re in the midst of living, thoughtful and prayerful consideration of these issues can help us work toward the graceful exit we desire. Advance planning can also alleviate many of the practical difficulties our loved ones may face in the event of a medical crisis or sudden death.

In this guide to end of life planning, you will find information we hope will be helpful in creating:

  • Advance Care Plans to make your wishes for care known and to appoint a healthcare agent who can make medical decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated; 
  • Funeral Plans to design a service that is reflective of your life as well as a comforting message to your loved ones about your values and beliefs; and 
  • Estate Plans to ensure your loved ones are cared for and your possessions are distributed as you wish them to be.

We encourage you to consult with your loved ones and your advisors (financial, medical, legal, and spiritual) in making the plans that are right for you. 

Click this link to download the booklet, Planning a Graceful Exit, or pick up a copy at the information center in the church hallway.

COLUMBARIUM & SCATTER GARDEN

Each limestone niche sells for $3,000 and holds the cremains of one or two people, up to two urns. A nominal fee will be charged at the time of interment for the engraving of names and dates.

The price for inclusion in the Scatter Garden is $500 for each person, and includes names and dates on a plaque in the garden area. The total for either the Columbarium or the Scatter Garden is payable upon reservation.

A portion of all sales is dedicated to the perpetual care of the area. Inclusion is open to all, just as our faith and the doors of our church.

For more information, contact Nora Conaway at 323-7600 or Linda Stine(linda [at] gracestlukes [dot] org) at 272-7425.

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A SENSE OF PLACE AND FAITH, OF REST AND REMEMBRANCE

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The whole of our church is more than its bricks and mortar. Worship and fellowship. Growth and change. Examination and discovery. Gain and loss. Celebration and consolation.

All are part, and all are shared. We now add another final resting place to complete our journey in the Anglican tradition of the English churchyard. Here where we lived and loved in faith we will remain in eternal victory. Forever part of Grace-St. Luke's Church.

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