A funeral is held to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person to God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

When somebody dies there is so much to think about and organise. We understand how difficult this can be, but the Church can help you say your final goodbyes in a way that really helps.

After the initial news of the death of someone you knew and loved, there are some important things that need to be done. These are two of the more immediate things;

  1. Register the death.
  2. Meet a Funeral Director.

The Funeral Director will talk to you about what kind of service you would like. One of the first questions they’ll ask is whether you’d like a burial or a cremation. You will then be asked where you want the service to be held.

Everyone is entitled to funeral service in their local church regardless of whether they attended church or not.

If you choose to have a Church of England funeral, someone from the church will visit you to listen to the story of the person you knew, and will go through all the details of the funeral service itself.

For further help / more information on funeral arrangements, please contact a church warden