New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Chapter 6: Practices at the Time of Death

When a death occurs in the meeting community, Friends should assist the family in whatever ways may be needed, such as help with the children, with food or housework, or with hospitality for visiting relatives. The sympathy and affection of Friends for those in sorrow is best shown by compassionate support.

The family should arrange for the disposal of the body in accordance with legal requirements and the wishes of the deceased. In such matters Friends should practice simplicity and avoid display or excessive expense.

A meeting for worship is the proper form for a memorial service or funeral. The presence of God brings comfort, hope, and consolation. Ministry and Counsel or a special committee should oversee all arrangements. The monthly meeting should consider writing a memorial minute.

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

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