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When You Have Lost A Loved One

Please accept our condolences for your loss.  Paul said in his letter to the Romans that one way to put love into action is to, “mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)  We hope to be a loving community for you in this time of grief and mourning.

Support

In the early days of your loss, it may be difficult to reach out for support, but when the time comes, we are here for you.  We have a prayer team dedicated to intercessory prayer and you can receive prayer in person following any of our weekend or midweek services.

When you’re ready, connect with understanding people who can come alongside you in this season with hope and support through Peer Counseling or our GriefShare group.

Memorial Services

At the Desert Vineyard we consider it a privilege to help you plan and hold a memorial service for your loved one. For many, memorial services are an important part of the grieving process and a way to gather meaningful people together to honor the passing of someone close to you.  Unlike some other faith traditions, we do not hold fast to particular rituals or liturgies that must be completed in specific way, by specific people, or on a specific timetable. Rather, we view the service as a celebration of life and encourage personal sharing by friends and loved ones as one of the most valuable parts of the service.  Please read on to learn about planning a service or how to honor a loved one without a service.

AT THE DESERT VINEYARD CHURCH:  If your preference is a service at the Desert Vineyard, officiated by one of our pastors, click the button below to find details about what we are able to provide and an outline of the associated fees.  You can request a memorial service by calling 661-945-2777 and our caring reception staff can begin the process with you today.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the stay at home order in place, our regular memorials are not available.  Instead, we can offer limited services (as long as public health policies allow) or can delay the service for your loved one until a later date.  Please call for current information.
HONOR WITHOUT A SERVICE
If you have lost a loved one and are unable to host or attend a service for any reason, we hope you will find the following prayers and activities helpful ways to honor your loved one privately.  If you live nearby the Desert Vineyard, we would also welcome you to join us for our annual Community Memorial service this fall.  If you register below, we will send you an invitation and more details as the date draws closer.