Funerals

So it shall be with the resurrection of the dead.
The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;
it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

Paul to the Corinthian believers, 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

The power of our faith is seen most clearly in life’s painful moments. Death is one of those. When we face death – our own or that of someone we love – we want to be prepared to think God’s thoughts with him. We want to be sorrowful in all the right ways. And we want to be appropriately joyful because of the hope we have in Christ.

Funerals at Brentwood Oaks

No honoraria need be offered to Brentwood Oaks ministers officiating at a funeral, and none are expected. There will be no charge for using the church’s facilities for the funeral. The worship areas at Brentwood Oaks are often used for both funeral and memorial services, and local funeral directors are familiar with our facility and will accommodate your wishes in this matter.

Due to traffic from Brentwood Christian School children being picked up, we avoid scheduling a service on weekdays between the hours of 2 and 4 PM. When considering a weekday funeral, plase consult the church office for guidelines.

Practical Considerations

Brentwood ministers and/or church elders encourage you to contact them if a loved one is critically ill. The time of day or night does not matter. Their experience will be of benefit to you.

If prior arrangements have been made with a particular funeral service, call them. They answer their phones 24 hours a day. If a death occurs in a health care facility, the administrators will make these calls for you. All you will need to do is sign some release forms. Once you have contacted a funeral service, call your minister. He can be a source of strength and wisdom for you as you make important decisions. If you don’t have a minister you feel you can call, the ministers at Brentwood Oaks will be honored to help you.

In Austin, a funeral arranged through a local funeral home may vary in price from $2,000 to $14,000. With careful planning, a service will be memorable without being unreasonably expensive. If you were to find it desirable, a minister with experience will be happy to accompany you on your visit with the funeral service to provide useful advice.

Casket costs can be reduced significantly by purchasing from a casket discount service. You are permitted by Texas law to purchase a casket from any source and have it delivered to the funeral home you have chosen.

You may wish to pre-plan a funeral as one way of easing the burden on family in a difficult moment. Contact a funeral director at the funeral home of your choice to secure this service.