It can be extremely upsetting when a close relative or friend dies. A church funeral can offer a very fitting way in which the life of the deceased can be remembered and celebrated. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.
Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago. If you are uncertain, the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more. Click here to find some very helpful information and guidance from the Church of England’s Funerals website.
If you would like a funeral at one of our parish churches or a service at a crematorium or cemetery to be conducted by a member of our ministry team, please speak with your funeral director, who will contact us. For any general enquiries about funerals in our parish, please contact the Parish Office.