funeral planning

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. As you navigate the complex emotions that come with the loss of a loved one, know that you are not alone—God understands your sorrow and grief.


The death of someone you love ushers in a cascade of complex emotions, and planning a funeral or memorial service to honor, remember, and celebrate loved ones can feel overwhelming. 

How We Can Help

  1. Consultation with Funeral Homes: We can assist you in liaising with local funeral homes to make the final arrangements that best honor your loved one.

  2. Service Hosting: Our church is available as a venue for the funeral or memorial service, providing a sacred space for you to honor and remember your loved one.

  3. Pastoral and Worship Team Support: We can help you secure a pastor and worship team to lead a meaningful and comforting service.

  4. Grief Aftercare: The journey through grief doesn't end with the funeral. We offer a range of resources for ongoing support, including grief care groups, classes, books, and mentoring.

To let us know about the passing of your loved one and to speak with one of our compassionate pastors, please contact the church at (757) 229-1771. We are here to listen, pray, and guide you through this challenging time.


We understand that not everyone can attend funeral services in person or via Livestream. To make it easier for you to pay your respects and offer your condolences, we now provide recordings of our funeral services. These recordings will be available for a limited time, allowing you to participate in honoring the memory of the departed at your convenience.

How to Access the Recordings

  1. Current Service: Simply click on the media player to view the most recent service.

  2. Past Services: Scroll down to select from a list of previously recorded services.

Connect with Us: If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact the church office at (757) 229-1771. We're here to assist you.

Online Guestbook

We invite you to share your thoughts and memories by signing our online guestbook. Your words offer comfort and support to the family and friends of the departed. Just click here.


memorial garden

A Sacred Space for Remembrance and Reflection

The Memorial Garden at Williamsburg United Methodist Church serves as a hallowed ground for the interment and inurnment of cremains. This serene space is open to church members, their immediate families, as well as clergy and staff who are currently employed or retired from WUMC and their immediate families.

A Place of Peace and Tranquility

The Memorial Garden is not just a final resting place; it's a sanctuary for the living as well. Designed with the utmost care, the Garden offers a tranquil setting for meditation, prayer, and reflection. Whether you are visiting to pay respects or seeking a quiet moment of solace, the Garden provides a peaceful backdrop for contemplation.

Perpetual Care

We understand the importance of maintaining a dignified and respectful environment. Rest assured, the cremains interred in our Memorial Garden are perpetually cared for, ensuring that this sacred space remains a fitting tribute to your loved ones.

Learn More or Arrange a Visit

For more information about the Memorial Garden or to schedule a private tour, please contact the Church Office at (757) 229-1771. We would be honored to show you this special place and discuss how it might meet your needs.