Westminster supports individuals and families through all of life’s transitions, including the death of a loved one.
The Service of Witness to the Resurrection
Our Christian theology shapes not only our beliefs about death, but also how we celebrate the life of the one who has died. The name of the service on the occasion of death is The Service of Witness to the Resurrection, reflecting our fundamental belief that, in Christ, death has been conquered, and the promise of eternal life is affirmed.
Services are provided for both church members and non-members and can be scheduled by contacting one of Westminster’s pastors or Deb Wagner at 612.332.3421.
The Service of Remembrance
Held the first Tuesday in December, this service celebrates the life and memory of loved ones. The candlelight service is at 6 pm and includes soothing and comforting music, poetry, and the simple act of remembering our loved ones. Afterward, we gather for a simple dinner for conversation and sharing. Contact the Rev. David Tsai Shinn to learn more.
For centuries, Christians have honored their loved ones with dignified final resting places in churchyards on their grounds.
In this tradition, Westminster’s Memorial Garden provides a place of repose and remembrance in a lovely sacred garden where one can peacefully meditate upon the lives of those who have died.
Located just outside the sanctuary, the Memorial Garden is an integral part of Westminster’s ministry at the end of life. It provides a beautiful, meaningful place where members and their families can proceed directly from a memorial service to inter a loved one near their church home. The Memorial Garden is open for quiet reflection and prayer on Sundays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Westminster’s Columbarium has 660 niches, where urns containing cremated remains are interred. Each niche has the capacity to hold two urns. The niches are sealed with engraved limestone fronts showing the name and life dates of those interred within.
The Memorial Wall is located near the Columbarium. Made of beautiful cream-colored limestone, it is a dignified memorial to those whose names are simply and elegantly engraved upon it. The Memorial Wall provides Westminster members an opportunity to remember those they love who may be interred elsewhere.
The Memorial Wall engravings and Columbarium niches are available to current Westminster members and their families, spouses or partners. The Memorial Garden is available for visits on Sunday mornings or during regular church business hours.