Blessed are those who plant shade trees under which they know full well they will never sit.
(adapted from D. Elton Trueblood)

The mission of the Arbor Society is to encourage parishioners to honor their spiritual values as they consider estate and end-of-life plans.

What is the Arbor Society?

The Arbor Society recognizes people who have named Christ Church Greenwich as a beneficiary in their estate plans.  By designating a planned gift, you make a final testament about the importance of your faith and perpetuate the mission and ministries of Christ Church Greenwich.

How can I make a legacy gift?

The simplest way is to remember Christ Church Greenwich in your will.

Additional suggestions include:

  • Life Insurance
  • IRA Beneficiary
  • Charitable Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

Please consult your personal legal or financial advisor for further details

How do I enroll in the Arbor Society?

Notify the Church of your intentions.
Download the Arbor Society Enrollment Form.

What needs to be done to plan for the end-of-life?
Did you know that 60% of all people do not have an up-to-date will?

  • Make certain you have a current will
  • Plan your funeral or memorial service to give you peace of mind and to relieve your loved ones of the burden of those decisions

Download End-Of-Life Booklet.

Funeral planning… it is one issue throughout our lives that no one seems to want to talk about… not with spouses, not with families. It seems that we are in denial of our own mortality.
(adapted from D. Elton Trueblood)

When Loren and I were first married, we actually had an in depth conversation about what we both wanted, should either of us be the first to pass. This discussion was made easier because Loren’s mom had died suddenly at the young age of 44. Knowing death can happen at any moment in time, we talked about the service, music, etc., not wanting viewing hours, and burial vs. cremation. Even though it was hard to talk about death, it gave both of us a tremendous sense of relief to know each other’s wishes, and to not have to make those decisions during a time of grief. We also wanted to create an endowment for the program that was nearest and dearest to our hearts – Children’s Ministries – we were proud to establish this fund and it will be a lasting legacy to the children of Christ Church Greenwich.

When Loren became ill in 2010, the only thing on our minds was her complete recovery, but, sadly, that was not to be. When she passed on April 27, the biggest comfort that I had was the funeral arrangements and wishes we had discussed so long ago. It made the grieving process much easier to handle, and we were able to spend more time on family healing. Also being a part of Christ Church and its amazingly supportive congregation helped to carry us through that most difficult time.

I strongly urge everyone to start a dialogue with your loved ones so when the moment comes and we have left our earthly home, our families will have more time to celebrate and give thanks for our lives.

– Gregg Gregory

Whom may I contact on the Arbor Society Committee?

Carole Novick, Chair • Amy Elrod • Pam Gomez • Warren Greene • Susan Kelly • Emily Ragsdale