New Orleans Jazz Funeral for the Previous Year

Each year we play at a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. The funeral is for the year gone by. Its purpose is to lay to rest things that we may be carrying with us from the previous year. 

People will often make resolutions in the new year, and many of us find those resolutions difficult to keep. The funeral is a chance take some things that you are carrying with you from the previous year, something you did and wish you hadn't, something you wished you had done but didn't and so on, and take that burden off themselves and bury it.  In essence the idea is to remove those things you are unnecessarily carrying with you so you can make yourself an empty vessel to have room for the new things of the new year. If you can't completely let go of everything, you can at least let a few things go so there will be room for the new year.   

The funeral features lots of singing and swinging hymns. In the first half of the service the hymns are slow, but still swinging, as the pastor leads us through what a New Orleans Jazz Funeral entails. We reflect on the previous year through the process. The first half of the funeral ends as people are encouraged to unload their burdens by writing it down on a piece of paper and putting it in the "casket" (a wooden box at the front of the church) and the contents are burned. 

The second half of the funeral switches gears into a celebratory mode as we enjoy the fact that, we have lifted our burdens, and we are ready to take on something new as we look forward to the new. The hymns switch to upbeat tunes with the service ending with (you guessed it) When The Saints Go Marching In.

And the best part is that it is all free. There is not even a collection plate passed around!

The dates, times and locations of the upcoming funerals are listed below.

New Orleans  Jazz Funeral


Tuesday January 01, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
King of Life Lutheran Church
1198 Falcon Drive, Coquitlam, BC
(604) 941-0552

Informal tea to follow 

New Orleans  Jazz Funeral


Sunday January 06, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     
Informal tea to follow
  Christ Lutheran Church

9460 Charles St, Chilliwack, BC
(604) 795-3864

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