Funeral Procedures


I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Pastor Bankole Akinbinu, the ministerial staff, the officers and the Baptist Grove Church family join in your grief in the death of your loved one. May you know the Lord’s comfort and may His love surround you during this time of loss.

Because death is such an important and sensitive time in our lives, we have set up guidelines to assist families through the funeral preparation process. We need you to follow proper guidelines to ensure that everything is done in decency and in order.


We need you to do the following when death occurs within the church family


1. Immediately contact the church (919.787.4582 x.221) and advise us that a death has occurred. If after hours, a death notice can be left via the church's voicemail system by using the online form, or by calling the Crisis Care number (919.592.9621).

2. Meet or talk with the church secretary before making final arrangements with the funeral home.

Funeral Procedures

Of all life's experiences, the death of a loved one is often the most painful and challenging that anyone can go through. Baptist Grove sincerely understands the pain endured by our families. The pastor, church and ministerial staff will assist you in planning the funeral service of your loved one. We will provide comfort, direction and support from the initial death notification through the funeral service and after care if needed.

Our prayer is that the information below will stimulate your thinking and assist you in preparing for your loved one's home-going celebration service. The death of a loved can leave the survivors, lost and alone, or just unsure of ….

  • Who to contact
  • What to do and how
  • How to make the funeral arrangements
  • What to do after the funeral

Who to Contact:

Family member(s) and/or friend(s)

◦  Inform family members and friends regarding the death of your loved one.

Funeral Home

◦  Contact a funeral home of your choice.

◦  If you do not have a funeral home in mind, you can find one in your area on

Call Baptist Grove Church office

◦ Monday– Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends call Crisis Care a 919.592.9621.


◦ Login to and complete the Report a Death Notification form

◦ Provide the following information when reporting a death:

▪ Full name of the deceased

▪ Date of death

▪ Name, address and phone number of the funeral home

▪ Interments (burial site)

▪ Name(s) of Baptist Grove member(s) related to the deceased and their relationship to the deceased.

What to Do

Complete the “Obituary/Life Story” form for your loved one.

Schedule an appointment with the funeral home director. Ask a close family member or friend to go with you to the funeral home. It will be helpful to take the following information with you when visit the funeral home:

  • Date, time and location the family is requesting for the viewing/wake and funeral service
  • Home-going service request (if available). Information regarding the deceased's wishes for their funeral service
  • Insurance policy(s)
  • Full name of your loved one (no nicknames)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' name, living or deceased
  • Social security card/number
  • List of family members (i.e. spouse, children, brothers, sisters, uncle, aunts)
  • Church Membership name (if applicable)
  • Proof of military service
  • Memorial funds - donations (In lieu of flowers) - name and address of organizations or charities to which donations are to be made
  • Pallbearers - list of people who might be available to serve as pallbearers

Make a list of family and friends to be notified of the death of your loved one. Ask a relative or friend to assist with the following:

  • Making telephone calls
  • Answering the telephone or door (keeping a record of calls and visitors)
  • Child care arrangements (if needed)
  • Coordinating the supply of food and the preparation of meals in the home
  • Attending to household chores

Funeral services at  Baptist grove church

Funeral services are designed to meet the needs of the family and every attempt is made to accommodate the family's requests.

  • The church secretary will meet or speak with the family to review the following:
    • Funeral date: Is the funeral date agreeable to the church, family and the funeral home?
    • Eulogist – The family's request is considered, however the Senior Pastor has final approval.
    • Order of service- A copy can be found below. Please review and/or complete the items below prior to speaking with the minister:
      • The Prelude
      • The Processional of Clergy & Family
      • The Hymn
      • The Prayer of Comfort
      • The Scripture (Old Testament & New Testament)
      • Song
      • Resolutions/Acknowledgements/Remarks-  No more than three (3) people, 2 minutes each. (ex. family, friend, or worker, etc)
      • Obituary Reading
      • Song
      • Eulogy
      • Closing Prayer
      • Burial/Cemetery – Instructions

Family Requests/Needs

  • Baptist Grove Minister needed, special guests/speakers
  • Easel for pictures
  • Special sound request - Playing of CD or DVD
  • Ceremonies – such as Sororities/Fraternities, Masonic, Eastern Star, etc.
  • Reserved parking
  • Reserved seating at the funeral (sororities, fraternity, ministries, church, etc.)

Church Support:

  • Church staff –  Administrative Assistants
  • Ministers
  • Deacon– will speak with the family regarding the repast and family needs.
  • Serving ministries - (Food Services).
  • Repast (Collation)
    • Food Ministry will provide the repast/collation for members and their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, children and grandparents).

The Bereaved Family is responsible for the following items below.

  • These following may incur fees and will be discussed with the Church office:
    • Fees for:
      • Eulogist/minister
      • Guest Musicians
      • Guest Soloist
      • Sound
      • Funeral Programs – Completed by the funeral home
      • Repast/Collation


Funeral Services NOT at  Baptist grove- For members

Every attempt is made to accommodate the family's request for support when a member or immediate family member's funeral is held at another location.

Funeral Service for Non-Members at Baptist grove

BAPTIST GROVE  will consider the usage of the church facility based on availability and a completed rental and fee agreement.


After Care (After the funeral)

Following the funeral service, a bereaved member may benefit from participating in some or all the support services below:

  • Deacon Ministry – A Deacon will provide counseling, prayer and support to surviving family members.
  • You may be referred to professional counseling, if appropriate. The member contacts the counselor, schedules and pays for their appointment.
  • Prayer Requests - call the church office at 919.787.4528 or complete an online prayer request form.              

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I inform the church of a death in my family?

A. Telephone the church 919.787.4528 x.221 OR Log onto the church's website  and complete the Death Notification Form online.


Q. Can I have a funeral service in the sanctuary?

A. Yes, based on space, number of expected visitors and family members, and availability.


Q. What is the difference between a funeral service and a memorial service?

A. A funeral service is a gathering of family and friends with the decease's body present. At a memorial service the body is not present.


Q. Can the church provide names of funeral homes to the family?

A. Yes, we can provide the names some funeral homes in the area or you can log onto the following website at:


Q. Who selects the minister to do the eulogy?

A. Funerals for Baptist Grove members are performed by the BGC ministerial staff.


Q. Who selects the menu for the repast/collation?

A. The Food  ministry selects the repast menu. All menu suggestions/requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.


Q. Does the church have a policy that prohibits cremation?

A. No, the church has no say regarding cremation if desired; the family makes the cremation arrangement with the funeral home.