Saying goodbye to a loved one

The loss of a loved one can be a difficult time, and we are here to offer help, comfort and support. If you have lost a loved one and need to arrange a funeral, this page will give you some useful information on what to do. 


Funerals in our churches

At a Christian funeral we remember with thanksgiving the death and resurrection of Jesus, commending to God’s everlasting mercy the person who has died.

Christian funeral services attempt to keep these two things in balance and to integrate them into an act of worship which reflects our faith, our experience and our feelings. We express our faith in Jesus who died and rose from the dead for us, we  remember the person who has died, we read from the Bible and say appropriate prayers. Suitable hymns or other music may be included, though they do not have to be.

Parts of the funeral service include the carrying of the coffin into the church or other place chosen for the funeral, the optional setting up of appropriate symbols such as photographs, flowers and and also the paschal candle, the Church’s sign of the fact that Jesus is alive in the vicinity of the coffin or even upon it, and the burial of the remains of the deceased person.

Special provision can also be made to assist the private reflection and devotion of those who have been bereaved: at home before the funeral, in church on the eve of the funeral, at home after the funeral. When a child or young person dies, the funeral has a different nature and the prayers and readings will reflect this.

Since every funeral is different, we provide a very wide range of services. The family is invited to select the one which appears most appropriate to their own needs.

For example:

-service in church and committal at the grave or crematorium,

-bringing of the coffin into church on the night before the funeral service which is followed by committal at the grave or crematorium,

-prayers at home followed by a service in church and committal at the grave or crematorium,

– the entire service and committal taking place at a crematorium or graveside,

-private burial or cremation with a subsequent memorial service,

-the burial of cremated remains in a cemetery or churchyard following a cremation,

-prayers at home after the funeral service, or on the anniversary of a death,

-a special celebration of Holy Communion before, during or at some time after the funeral service.

We are here to help and guide you through this difficult time.


What do I do if someone has died?

Many people contact a funeral director first in order to make practical arrangements, however we are also available to pray with you at a time of loss and bereavement. Once you have had a meeting with the Funeral Director, they will get in touch with us to notify us that we need to arrange a funeral with you. We will then be in touch to meet up.

If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, you can do so here.