FUNERALS

Tradition and Policies

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Caring and Comfort
Our mission at Laidlaw Memorial United Church 
With respect, cooperation and joy, through acts of love that build each other up, 
we seek to share the light of Christ as a Beacon on our corner in East Hamilton 

When any member or adherent of Laidlaw Memorial United Church, or any member of our community, 
comes to our Church seeking help in a time of grief and loss, it is our desire as a congregation to provide help and support for grieving families as an act of love and caring. 
We offer to our congregation, and our community, the services of our minister, our facilities, and the labours 
of our volunteers and staff. We believe that respect and cooperation can make a difficult time of grief and loss an occasion when the light of Christ can shine, bringing comfort, hope and faith. 
We offer this information in that spirit of respect and cooperation. In being clear about what we can offer, our 
traditions and our expectations, we can make the preparation for funerals and memorials easier for grieving families. 
We Offer Our Minister
The most common request we receive from grieving families is for our minister to assist families in preparing 
and presiding at a funeral or memorial service. 
The minister will always respectfully receive requests to prepare and preside at a funeral or memorial service, 
for members and adherents of Laidlaw United Church, and also for members of the wider community, no matter where the service will be conducted. 
The minister, in conducting any funeral or memorial service, offers that service to families as a representative 
of Laidlaw Memorial United Church. It is the contributions and labours of the congregation of and contributors to Laidlaw United Church that make it possible for a qualified minister to respond to requests for pastoral care and assistance in preparing a funeral or memorial service. The people of Laidlaw Memorial United Church are happy to offer the comfort and assistance of a caring Christian community in making our minister available to grieving families. 
If there is a request for a funeral to be held at Laidlaw Memorial United Church, it is expected that the 
minister of the Laidlaw United Church will preside at that funeral or memorial service. 
Our minister always welcomes the participation of family members, and other clergy. It is expected that this 
additional participation does not affect the customary honorarium for our minister. 
The customary honorarium for the minister is a minimum of $200.00. It is expected that the honorarium will 
be paid on the day of the service, preferably by cash, or cheque from a funeral home, and not by personal cheque. 
We Offer Our Facilities
Our minister is happy to preside at funeral and memorial services in any funeral home or other facility suitable 
to a family. We also welcome requests for funeral and memorial services to be held in the Sanctuary at Laidlaw Memorial United Church. 
When there is a request for a service to be held in our Church, it is understood that our Sanctuary is made 
available for Christian Worship at the discretion of our minister, under the direction of our Church Council. The Sanctuary can accommodate a maximum of 350 persons. 
It is expected that requests to use the Sanctuary at Laidlaw Memorial United Church will include a request that 
our minister preside at the requested service. 
We reserve the right to close our facilities during dangerous weather, in order to responsibly protect the safety 
of those who would be travelling to or using our facilities. That decision is made jointly by our minister 
and the Chair of Council 
It is expected that when a service is held in our Sanctuary, Laidlaw Memorial United Church will receive a fee 
of $200.00 to cover the costs associated with opening and heating or air conditioning the facilities. When there is no funeral home involved in the use of our facilities, it is expected that Laidlaw Memorial United Church will receive a fee of $300.00 to cover the costs associated with opening and heating or air conditioning the facilities, and the additional cost associated with funeral home staff not being available to help with set up, clean up, and security. 
It is expected that the fee for the use of the Sanctuary will be paid on the day of the service, preferably by cash 
or cheque from a funeral home, and not by personal cheque. 
We Offer a Funeral Luncheon
Occasionally, there is a request for catering services connected with a funeral or memorial service. This work 
is done by volunteers, and because of this, there are limits and conditions to our ability to meet requests for catering. 
The Laidlaw Congregation and United Church Women are not able to offer catering services for those who are 
not members or adherents of Laidlaw Memorial United Church. Occasionally, we are able to provide services for members of an extended family of a member or adherent of Laidlaw United Church. 
In addition, the Laidlaw Congregation and United Church Women are only able to provide catering services in 
our own kitchen and Church Hall. We are not able to provide catering in any facility other than our own Church. The maximum capacity of our Church Hall is 180 people, by Fire Department Codes. 
The number of people to be served must be named by the family requesting the catering, with the approval of 
the executor of the estate. 
The cost for catering includes the use of the facilities. If families request a menu of sandwiches, dessert 
squares, coffee, tea and condiments, the cost is $8.00 per person. If families request a menu of coffee, tea, dessert squares and condiments, the cost is $5.00 per person, to a maximum of $800.00 for any family. 
Payment for catering services is due the day it is served, and should be paid to the Treasurer of the United 
Church Women. Cash or certified cheque is preferred. 

We Offer Our Musician
Occasionally, music is requested for music at a funeral or memorial service. Often this is arranged through the 
funeral home involved, especially when the service is held in a funeral home. Music at a funeral or memorial service is optional. Sound Equipment also exists to provide music for the service on Compact Disc. 
When there is a service in the Laidlaw United Church, and there is a request for a musician, it is expected that 
the staff musician at Laidlaw Church will be given the first invitation to provide music. 
The customary honorarium for the musician is $150.00. Additional musicians are welcome to participate in 
the service, but it is expected that this will not affect the customary honorarium for our staff musician. It is expected that the honorarium will be paid on the day of the service, preferably by cash or cheque from a funeral home, and not by personal cheque. 

Thank You
It is our honour and privilege to serve those who call on us in time of need. We hope this 
attempt to make clear our traditions and expectations for funerals and memorials at Laidlaw 
will help make a difficult and confusing time easier for your family. 
Please note that the Revenue Canada Act, under the Tax Treatment of Public Charities, section 02.184 
demands that Laidlaw Memorial United Church, as a registered charity, require members and contributors pay the same honoraria, charges and fees as non-members and non-contributors, in order to retain 
Registered Status as a Charity. 
Contact Information
The United Church of Canada 
Laidlaw Memorial United Church 
155 Ottawa St. N. at Cannon St., Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Z2 
Church Office Phone: 905-544-6536 
Church Email: revmoore@bellnet.ca 

Rev. Douglas C. Moore 
B.Th., B.A. (Phil), M.Div. 
Your Man of the Cloth from the Fabric District! 
29 Kenilworth Ave. S. Hamilton, ON L8K 2S7 
Residence Phone: 905-547-2021 
Residence Email: revmoore@execulink.com 

Laidlaw Memorial United Church Funeral Policy, approved September 2016.

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