The Office for Religious Life > Memorial Services


The Deans for Religious Life are available to preside at memorial
services for faculty, staff, students or alumni with recent and significant ties to the university of Stanford University. Memorial services are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the afternoon. A Dean or other Stanford Chaplain officiates at all memorial services. S/he will assist in planning the service according to the wishes of the family and the following guidelines of the chapel:

a.  A customary service includes a prelude, an invocation, scripture
readings, words of remembrance (eulogy), special music and/or
hymn(s), a benediction and a postlude. Any printed bulletins or
service programs will be the responsibility of the party requesting
the service.  Sample programs are available in the office.

b.  All questions regarding music for the service should be addressed to the University Organist, Robert Huw Morgan at (650) 725-0530. Memorial Church is considered a "live" space acoustically and for this reason we discourage the use of amplified or electronic music. (Exceptions may be made with the approval of the University Organist.)  Classical-style music, or music from an established religious tradition, is most appropriate in Memorial Church. Please keep in mind that musical selections often require considerable time for preparation. Unfortunately, we are not always able to accommodate special requests.

c. We encourage the use of departmental space (when appropriate) or other reception sites on campus such as there are no suitable spaces in Memorial Church for receptions following memorial services.

d. Arrangements may be made for flower delivery by contacting the Office for Religious Life at 650-723-1763.

e. Fees* for Memorial Services are as follows.  Fees are due at the first meeting with the clergy.

Church Use $600 (payable to Stanford University)
Organist$300 (payable to Stanford University)
Clergy$300 (suggested/payable to the individual)
* Fees are waived for Stanford students

f. Memorial Services are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays in the afternoons.

g. Please feel free to contact the Office for Religious Life at
Stanford University for further assistance.