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Marriage & Funerals



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The loss, through death, of a loved one or friend is one of life’s most difficult moments.  As Christians, we  believe that death does not mean the end of life, for our hope rests with the promise that we will spend eternity in the presence of God.  (John 14:1-3)  However, the loss represented by death is still very painful.

Recognizing that the pain goes deep and that the healing process takes time, we are here to serve you in a variety of ways.  As a congregation, we see our role as supporting you in your time of hurt while enabling you to take the initial steps in the healing process.

While some might be tempted to avoid the funeral, we encourage those who are grieving their loss to attend the funeral for a number of reasons:

  • The funeral is, within the context of community, a chance to celebrate the life of the loved  one who has died.

  • The funeral enables a person within the context of Christian community to emerge strengthened and sustained by an unfaltering trust that there is more to life than death, and more to grief than suffering.

  • Attending a funeral gives you an opportunity to provide a sense of closure to the relationship.
    The funeral provides you with an environment of support. This time of gathering allows those you love, both family and friends, to stand with you in the celebration of your loved one’s life.

  • The funeral gives you an opportunity to express your gratitude to God for the gift of  life that you have shared.

  • A funeral lifts up the spiritual promises related to life’s ultimate meaning at a time when it may be difficult to clearly remember or focus one’s thinking upon the Biblical truths.

Where should a funeral be held?

This is a very personal decision and rests entirely with the wishes of the family.
Some choose to utilize the service of a funeral home. Most funeral homes have lovely chapels which are designed to accommodate these desires. Other families celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a church.

A third option is to remember the loved one in a private grave-side gathering with immediate family and friends. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer a small, quiet, and brief time of remembering their loved one in the privacy of a small circle of close friends and family.


Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Directors
Midland Chapel
1200 W. Wheeler Street
Midland, Michigan 48640


Smith-Miner Funeral Home
2700 W. Wackerly
Midland, MI 48640


Wilson Miller Funeral Home
4210 N. Saginaw Rd
Midland, Michigan 48640



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