Handling Death in the Church

Here are some practical steps for handling death in the church:

Notify senior pastor and all assistant pastors.

Send sympathy cards to family members.

Determine funeral arrangements.

If the family desires, arrange food for the funeral.

Order flowers.

Create a bulletin for the funeral, if necessary.

There are two options for updating the directory to reflect a death in the church. One option is to delete the person entirely from the system, the other option is to change the status to deceased. If the church desires to keep a record of deceased church members, choose the latter option. With this option, any outreach information pertaining to the deceased person is maintained. In either case, all group memberships will be removed for the deceased person.

In the Directory, click the Search button and search for the person who is deceased.

Option 1 – Delete Entirely: This option can only be performed by a user with administrator privileges. Find the person in the directory search results. Click the Edit link. Click the Delete Person link. Click the link to confirm and finalize the change.

Option 2 – Change Status: Find the person in the directory search results. Click the Edit link. Change the status to Deceased and click the Submit Changes button to complete the change.


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