A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping

The funeral service

The funeral service will reflect the personality of the one who has died and the circumstances of their death. Feelings of grief, gratitude, joy and sadness often intermingle. Sometimes, a sense of tragedy is uppermost, especially when it is a young person who has died. When it is the end of a long and fruitful life, the feelings of thanksgiving can be strongest. Funeral services always raise profound questions about the meaning of life and death. Jesus himself believed in a life-giving God: ‘the God of the living, not of the dead’. Christians believe that Christ’s resurrection is the triumph of good over evil and of life over death and has made eternal life available to us. What heaven is like, none of us dare say too precisely but we know that we shall delight in the presence and love of God and of the whole company of heaven. Whatever is wonderful about life here on earth is only a glimpse of the glory of the life that is to come.

The form of the service will be discussed with the member of the Clergy who is taking the funeral. You will be able to discuss your choice of hymns, music and readings. The priest may have some suggestions to help you, or you can decide with the help of your friends and family. There will also be an address or a sermon remembering the life and work of the dead person and the great Christian beliefs about life beyond death. This can be said either by the priest leading the service, or by a close friend or relative.

Burials and cremations 

All the churches in our benefice have churchyards either surrounding the church or very close by. If a cremation service is chosen, the churchyards have space set aside for burying ashes.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the Contact form.

Headstones and Memorials

Headstone and memorials must comply with Churchyard Regulations. These regulations help make sure that the churchyard is a place of peace and beauty for everyone to enjoy. You can find a copy fo the regulations on the diocesan website.

Please discuss your requirements with the Rector or relevant churchwarden