Funerals + Memorials

People of God know that we are created in the image of God, and are born in physical bodies that will one day die. While we mourn the loss of those whom we love, we also trust that death is a normal part of creation, and that no matter when it comes, our death ushers us into eternal union with God.

When a loved one dies, please include the church office or Pastor Fritz among the first calls you make. We want to support you in your loss. Pastor Fritz will meet with you and your family to discuss funeral or memorial service arrangements and to help you with any related details.

If a loved one is dying, we encourage you to let the church know so that we can provide pastoral care for both the one who is dying and to his or her loved ones. Call the church office, 215-387-2885, at the time of death, too, especially if you are hoping to plan a funeral or memorial service at University Lutheran. Pastor Fritz will contact you to begin making arrangements.

Whether or not you require our help in planning a funeral service, we encourage you to let us know so that we can support and pray for you when you are grieving.

Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service

One of the best gifts you can give your family is to make plans for your own funeral or memorial service. University Lutheran has a resource that will walk you through the planning process. We encourage you to work on it, talk about it with your family, and meet with Pastor Fritz. Keep one copy at the church, and give one to someone close to you.  To get a booklet email Pastor Fritz at pastor@uniluphila.org

Hospitality

Arrangements can be made for a luncheon or fellowship hour to be held following the service. Normally a local caterer is used and the congregation’s Hospitality Team hosts the event. The church office staff will connect you with our Hospitality Coordinator. 

Memorials

Many people prefer to honor the life of the deceased with gifts given to charitable organizations rather than flowers. For information concerning University Lutheran’s Memorial Fund and/or Endowment Fund, please speak to Pastor Fritz.